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Eastern Sierra Fall 2011

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Monday, October 10th
Tenaya Lake, drive home

Monday morning, we woke up to partly cloudy skies. There was a slight chance of rain for today, so it was good that it was our last day in the area. After breakfast we packed up and headed north along Highway 395. Having read online reports, I didn't think there were many places worth stopping for on the way back. I decided we'd just take Tioga Pass back, and perhaps stop at Tenaya Lake.

View of Mt. Tom from the Swall Institute

As we drove up 395, I noticed a grove of aspens between Convict Lake and Mammoth Lakes; I'd seen it lit up bright yellow in years past, but not today. Today it was a dull green, especially with the increasingly overcast skies. We kept driving. After that discouraging sight, I nixed any plans to detour along the June Lake Loop.

We stopped at the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Tioga Gas Mart for an early lunch. Then we headed up Tioga Road. As always, it was a beautiful drive. There was still plenty of snow, of course. We had to wait in line 5-10 minutes at the Yosemite park entrance. As we did so, the skies grew even darker. The top of Mount Dana was obscured by clouds. By the time we passed snow-covered Tuolumne Meadows, it was drizzling.

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

We did stop at Tenaya Lake, but only for a few minutes. It was cold and gray and drizzling a bit. We got back in the car and it rained for the next hour or so as we headed back toward the Bay Area. Even with the stop for lunch, the stop at Tenaya Lake, and a later stop at a farm stand, it took us about 6 1/2 hours to get back to the Bay Area.

Tenaya Lake


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