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... after four years of drought the whole forest was very vulnerable, and that the suggested La Nina (which is bad news for us) wasn't that great for the park, because it depends on snow, not rain for its health. The ranger explained it was the trickle of snow melt which kept the forest healthy, not sudden downpours which caused flash flooding and quickly dried out. Interesting.... (to Jonathan anyway....)
Then Bill brought us safely home - we'll ...
... where Jonathan was the hero of the day, climbing down the dusty track on the side of a hill to retrieve a cache in a rusty car that had rolled down the hill several years ago in what he said was a nice glade, pity he didn't have the camera with him.
A little further down the road we stopped at the large, curved dam wall for another photo opportunity.
The road wound on through the valley and up and down the ...
... that have greatly affected Mono Lake. Mulholland’s project diverted Mono Lake’s tributary streams 350 miles south to meet the growing water demands of Los Angeles.
As a result, the volume of Mono Lake has dropped by half, and its salinity has doubled. Click here to learn more about the fragile ecology of Mono Lake and the effort to save it.
Ten miles down the road, we arrive in Lee Vining, a tiny community ...
... we expected. Both of these parks are not particularly popular, so the crowds were significantly smaller than Yosemite had yesterday.
As we headed south on CA-41, our beautiful mountain town of Oakhurst gave way to the flat barren plains of Fresno. Mostly it was just dead grass about as far as you could see, with a few fruit tree orchards wherever there was irrigation. It was also very flat with no mountains to be seen until we took ...
... since the road was going to narrow some more and have some steep switchbacks. I don't mind the steepness or the switchbacks, but I was getting a little nervous about rough roads, especially if the switchbacks were going to be on a steep edge without guardrails.
Just as we were contemplating this, the shuttle bus stopped where we were and let people out back to their cars. It was going the wrong way for us, ...