Saturday, June 16, 2012
Western Nevada and Yosemite Park - a Land of Contrast
Just before we took the final turn off of CA 395 into the Yosemite area, we passed amazing Mono Lake, seen above. Mono Lake, at about 6500' above sea level, has no outlet to the ocean. As a result, the lake has a very high saline level and no fish are present. Further, California cities diverted much of the water that had flowed into the lake, lowering the lake level, although this has been reduced recently.
We entered the park at Tioga Pass (almost 10,000' high), and began to descend into the Yosemite Valley.
The rock formations in the park are amazing, with many peaks nothing but solid rock. These mountains are very beautiful, but forbidding.