Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

UP the Tioga Pass to Yosemite and sleet!

The thunderheads which were over us at June Lake had gathered at the top of the Tioga Pass. The Tioga Pass is the eastern Sierra entrance to Yosemite National Park and it is VERY steep! We paused at "Seagull" Lake (yes, those are seagulls!) to take photos and then continued up the grade. We were already at 9,000 feet! When we got to the entrance of the park, it was sleeting! The ranger said there was a 50% chance of snow that evening. We headed out quickly as we had another 2 hours of driving before we crossed the entire Yosemite road to Merced, where we were staying for the night. Yes, that's sleet hitting the windshield! Once we passed by Olmstead Point, where you can view Half Dome, the weather began to clear and we enjoyed the rest of our ride through the park.

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