Twin Lakes Campground
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... stuff cool, that would have worked well for lunches as well. After our breakfast we wander out to the base of the nearby Yosetimee Falls, it's not far but an easy walk and it's busy with lots do tourists, the scenery is just awe inspiring, but, as it's summer there is no water cascading down, but, you can imagine what it would be like in spring time. We get back to the hotel for 11am and check out, buy sandwiches and off we go through the Tioga Pass, this is much higher and ...
... water and are surrounded by pine forest. The only down side was the midges but we didn't get bitten too much. Went to a South African resto for supper but it was just greed as none of us were really hungry. The food was superb all the same.
Now a quick burst of reality as we are spending an hour or so in the laundrette. As soon as we're finished here I am off to bed.
Another very enjoyable day draws to a ...
... are the calcium carbonate tufa that form in the lake. With the appearance of drip-sand castles, the tufa form under the surface of the lake, as calcium from subterranean springs bubbles up and mixes with the carbonate in the alkaline waters. Over the years, the level of the lake has dropped as the streams that fed it have been diverted as water supplies to towns and cities as far away as Los Angeles. As a result, many of the tufa now ...
... through the forest in the heat, we discovered that the water dries up in the summer and it's just a rock face, disappointing but still pretty impressive! We got back to the car and were pleased to find the bears hadn't found our stash of snacks we had hidden in the boot of the car! We then headed off on the long drive to Mammoth Lakes. More spectacular views as we watched the landscape change from mountains to meadows and lakes. We found ...
... to take a break and catch my breath. The trail had begun to lose its tree cover and the sun was shining directly on us. As soon as we resumed walking, the trail began to head downhill. I cursed it as I did not want to lose any of the elevation gained. We rounded the corner of the mountain to see the first views of Upper Yosemite Falls from the trail. Looking up, I knew we still had a very long way to go.
The last mile up was rough. The trail continued to ...