And there's more...Yosemite to Lake Tahoe

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Sugar Pine Point Campground

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Again, another stunner of a day.

 Left the Yoesmite mountains  early - and let me emphasize MOUNTAINS; as we left the National Park we only come down about half of the  9945 feet we'd travelled up.  It was dawn and the kids were still sleeping.  We stopped at various scenic places on the way (I wish I knew how to describe them),  and by the time we'd all woken, we stopped for  some 'tea & toast', at what I've named Mt Spectacular,  (the kids played and explored - Mum looked on more than a little nervous)  and took some photos (see below)., and then  carried on, heading right through Yosemite Park  on the Tioga Pass, (which is the only road that connects Yoesmite Park with the Eastern Sierra, and out the other side on our way to Lake Tahoe.)

Not far out of Yoesmite, we pulled off at what I would describe as the 'dead lake' - it was almost pre-historic looking, weird, but none-the-less captivating (it's actually called Mono Lake).  For us, it was photo opportunity, for the kids, it was time for chocolate chippies - guess it depends on your priorities ....

We arrived at gorgeous Lake Tahoe mid afternoon, and pulled into the Sugar Pine Point State Park.  These National Parks are so well run, and they provide really good facilities in a natural, preserved environment and all at a reasonable cost (usually around USD20).  We had a lovely space to ourselves at the edge of the woods, where the birds came and watched us from the trees as we ate dinner, and finally got enough confidence to join us at the dinner table.  

An early night, (as you tend to do when camping, even' up-market' camping), and a peaceful sleep as we savour the sound of nothing ....
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