Cold in California
Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
43Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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From there a short ride took us to Glacier Point. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer scale of the vista before you. There are two waterfalls at 594ft and 317ft high, but even they pale into insignificance when compared to Yosemite falls which drops over 2400ft down to the valley floor. Then there's Half Dome, basically a lump of rock which stands a height of 8895 feet and dwarfs everything else around it.
From Glacier Point the viewing areas give you great views of all of the above and also down a sheer 2000ft drop to Yosemite village below. Photographs don’t do this place justice and I don’t have the words to adequately describe it
A quick lunch stop in Yosemite village and we were ready for the run through Tioga Pass to the east exit of the park. We had to stop about halfway up the pass to put on fleeces or jacket liners as the pass rises to 10,000ft above sea level and there was still quite a lot of snow around. Apparently it snowed here last week and it was pretty cold today.
Tioga Lake at the park exit still has a covering of ice in the middle of June, an idea of how harsh the climate can be up here at this altitude.
The road on down to Mono Lake was a fast sweeping road dropping over 3000 feet in around 20miles to the village of Lee Vining where we are staying tonight.
Yosemite NP is, in my opinion, a must for anyone who is visiting the west coast of the US. It’s just indescribably beautiful and highly recommended.