Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Before heading up the long grade out of Lee Vining and home, we took a detour to the campgrounds and saw about 5 deer. They quickly left as I was trying to get my camera out to photograph them.

Layers of green abounded in the valley.

We continued up the road and were sprinkled with little snow flakes. As we were waiting to enter the park at Tioga Pass we had a snow storm. Glad we were not on the motorcycles!

Just a few miles down the road the sun was shinning and we stopped at Tuolome Meadows. Two days before it was a field of snow and water. What a difference. We are looking back at the snow storm we passed through at the gates.

Heading back down to Yosemite Valley, I love going through the tunnels.

With the melting snow comes full rivers and waterfalls. This is a shot of Bridalveil Falls from across the river.

Beautiful Yosemite and a beautiful trip


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The second day of our trip was spent exploring the area around Lee Vining and north to Bridgeport. First we headed up Lundy Canyon, past the lake and campgrounds to the end of the road. We found an abandoned structure of wood and rusty metal.

The skies were so blue and clear and the light was so bright. This painted rock greeted our return to the river.

Leaving Lundy Canyon we headed to Bridgeport to pick up some lunch and then headed toward Bodie.

This is the courthouse in Bridgeport, CA.

Next we headed to Bodie which is a ghost town. At one time it had over 10,000 people and gold mining was the main activity.


Electric plant with wires going through the circle cutouts in the window.

School House

One of the citizens of Bodie.

After Bodie we headed back to Mono Lake for the sunset. I relaxed in the car while Jim and Jen braved the wind and cold to get their shots of the sky and the tuffa towers of the lake.

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Continuing on the road. A picture is worth a thousand words. So more pictures and a few words.

More of the wildflowers we saw along the roadway.

Once we got into the park and on the Tioga road, we saw lots of snow. The most snow of all our trips over in June.

Beautiful view from Olmstead Point and the back of Half Dome.

I liked the contrast of textures.

One of the locals.

With the melting snow, water was everywhere.

Ice on the Lake.

Crystallized ice sparkled on the lake. I admit that the freezing wind kept me from getting more shots or close-ups of the crystals.

Sunset on our first day in Lee Vining was inspiring. After a long day of driving we went to dinner at the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Mobil station.

Very nice lighting for a gas station cafe.

We had a lovely dinner of Lobster Taquitos and Mango Margaritas. Great Day!

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After our stop in Mariposa we traveled along the river on 140.

“Farewell to spring” flowers covered the sides of roadway. We saw more wildflowers this trip than we usually see. Farewell to spring, lupine, Mariposa lilies, flags, paintbrush and many more.

Pink roadside

Blue skies, white clouds, and green everywhere.With all the snow we’ve had this year the rivers and streams are really full and the river rafters were out in full force. A group of about 6 rafts went by while we were stopped at a turn off.A nice stretch of river with just enough white water to make it interesting.

A few years ago there was an avalanche on the road and they made a temporary fix to go around the slide. There is a light and sometimes a 15 minute wait to cross over on the one lane road.

Here you can see the slide on the right. I think I remember that they tried to clear the rocks and open the roadway again, but more covered the road again.

Nature is powerful and beautiful.

All the melting snow made for some beautiful waterfalls. Water was rushing everywhere.

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Arch formation in the Alabama Hills Daughter Jen is an excellent photographer ( she takes after her Father Jim), while we were in the Lone Pine area she wanted to see if she could find the location of one of Ansel Adams photos. It was a different time of the year and we started searching in the late afternoon. She had some hints to the locations from a friend. We started slowly searching the dirt roads behind Manzanar.There’s a lot of rocks out there!

After about 2 hours we knew we were getting close, but the light was fading and we were meeting Julia and Thad for dinner back in Lone Pine. So we decide to look again in the future and Jen was going to photograph where we were so we could find the area again. She decide to go up a rise and there she spotted some familiar shaped rocks. We had found it!!! So happy, she set up some shots while there was still light.


The family met in Lone Pine, CA during Spring Break to visit, explore, eat, and enjoy the wide open spaces. This photo was taken at sunset in the Alabama Hills looking toward the Sierra Mountains.

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Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, CA. I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time and they had an exhibit of Japanese Beauties: Glamorous, Decadent, Sensuous, and Bizarre

It was a hot day in central California and the Center was only open from 12:30 to 5 pm.  After driving through corn and cotton fields, pastures and dairies, I arrived at the Center. It is a serene oasis in the middle of all that farmland. Oh! what a welcome relief from the heat to enter and leave my shoes by the door.

On exhibit were beautiful  hand-painted silk scrolls of such lovelies. To see them up close and observe all the details was a treat. I did a short tour of the outside and the bonsai exhibit.

Then I hoped in my air-conditioned car to head home.  I encourage all of you to go to your local museums and art centers, they can use our support and there are wonders to discover.


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