Tuesday, June 9, 2009

On Top of the World, Looking Out on Creation


It was a little hard to say good-bye to the Ahwahnee.


And soaring vistas.


And magnificent Half Dome.


And the friendly black bear that, for reasons unknown to me, is actually honey-colored.


Q. How many tree-lined meadows can one park hold?
A. More than you can imagine. And I have a photo of every one of them. Trust  me.


But we're on our way again. Tioga Pass, here we come!


Up and up...


and up some more....


From 5,000 to 6,000, to 7,000 feet...


And 8,000 feet...


We're on top of the world here!


9,000 feet, folks! And still counting!


Lake Tenaya is a favorite with these two...


They like to skip stones when they camp here.


I like to look at the beautiful trees.


And I kinda like to look at these guys, too.


Back in the car so we can reach the summit.


10,000 feet!!


Okay, 9,945...At least, that's what the ranger station says.


Exiting Yosemite National Park. *sigh*


And entering Inyo National Forest.


The scenery changes and becomes more rocky and arid.


But still beautiful.


What do you think of the June Lake Loop, en route to Bishop?


17 miles of sheer beauty.


And a couple of cloudbursts, too.



Last stop today is Bishop. And this is the view from our hotel room.

Free wi-fi. In room. AND a desk.

Loverly.

12 comments:

Mercedes said...

You should put these all in a digital frame. They are so breathtaking. I think I need to start planning our own trip. ; )

VK said...

I've never been up the Tioga pass road or gone over to Bishop.
Looks like I'm a fool for going all the way across an ocean to see beautiful stuff.
Isn't California amazing?!
Good pictures.

Heather Anderson said...

I love the snow photos! Are you doing ok at that elevation???

jen said...

You should be a travel agent for Yosemite. Wanna go there, wanna got there.

Katie Blacker said...

gorgeous pictures. that scenery is awesome. wow. i miss california.

Natalie said...

I can easily understand why it's hard to say good-bye!

karen said...

You camp the way I do: in a hotel! Love the pictures. I told LaMar we need to go there.

Lisa M said...

gorgeous gorgeous pictures! I may start looking into Tioga pass for my family trip!

Welcome to the SITStahood!

Sheryl said...

What beautiful pictures. I wish I could have been the one taking them.

Wanted to welcome you to SITS, it's a great place to meet new friends.

Two Pretty Little Skirts said...

These pics make me home sick(beautiful!!!)! I miss the cascades
stopping by from SITS and wanted to welcome you to the SITStahood!

Dawn

NBlake said...

Hope everything is going well and that you are okay in that elevation. Love you and can't wait to see you soon!

Fiauna said...

Oh, it looks so fun. Wish I could be there, too.

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