Tahoe is a lovely lake, which has the borders of California
and Nevada down it's middle. It is most definitely "Beauty
and the Beast", the beast being the tackiness of Nevada! I
stopped in a town called "Stateline" which has California
on one side of the street, and Nevada on the other. I also passed
through Carson Valley, the
only fertile part of Nevada. It's
history is most interesting.
first part of Yosemite takes you to Tuolumne
Meadows. This picture is not strictly the Meadows, but is quite
beautiful. Next I went on to a view point which provided a wonderful
view of Yosemite, and
introduced me to the concept of trees
growing in what appears to be solid rock! And here
is close up evidence.
sets Yosemite apart is the strong Glacial activity here that gave
rise to Yosemite Valley, and a number of features, such as Glacial
Erratics. Half Dome was
created by glacial activity which ground away the side of a granite
falls are the tallest falls in North America at 2,425 feet from
top to bottom. They are split into the Upper
Falls at 1430 feet, a Cascade, at 675 feet, and the Lower
Falls at 320 feet.
Mariposa Grove is a grove of Giant
Sequoia trees. These are the largest organisms on earth. It
was a lovely morning walking through the grove of ancient trees,
where I saw a Mule Deer Stag,
a Squirrel trying to drag
this large cone along. There are all sorts of features in the trees,
including this tunnel through
the tree. I also managed to find a Sequoia
that is probably younger than me!!! They live up to 3,000 years.
Fire is an essential part
of the ecology of these forests, and is now done in a controlled
way by the National Park.
||The next stop was up to Glacier Point where you
get a phenomenal view
of the valley. You can also look right down onto the Merced
River, and Yosemite Village. I then went for a walk up to the
top of Sentinel Dome, where you get a full 360 degree view of Yosemite.
It is breathtaking, both view and altitude at 8,122 feet. Here is
me with El Capitan and Half
Dome for company!
final day, I visited Mirror Lake, which is more of a pond at this
time of the year, but still took a nice picture. Then it was on
out of the valley, where I passed by Bridal
Veil Falls, again, not spectacular as the water dries up in
the summer, but still pretty. A final view along Yosemite
valley, then back , passed the Tenaya
Lake, which feeds into Tenaya Canyon and Mirror Lake, through
the Tuolumne Meadows then
out of the park, with one final beautiful