Tuesday, August 20, 2013


8-13-2013 Lee Vining, CA to Yosemite Village, CA

The 40 minute bus ride up to the park went without a hitch. Since we took the bus, we did not have to pay the five dollar a person park entry fee either. What a deal.
The road to Tioga Pass from the Bus

The ride across the park was very scenic. The traffic was busy in spots, and was risky in a few, but we lived through it.
Lembert Dome near Tuolumne Meadows
Tenaya Lake

Climbers above Tenaya Lake
 The view of Yosemite Valley from Olmsted Point

The last part of the ride, from the Crane Flats junction into Yosemite Village, was a thrill. It was a fast descent down a busy road through tunnels and sharp turns. We could go as fast as the cars, so we blocked the lane and enjoyed the ride down. There is a small turn-out after a tunnel which was very congested that we stopped at for the view. This was a good time not to be a car.
The view of the descent into Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel Vista. 
We finally rolled into the Village, with El Capitan bright with late afternoon sun.

El Capitan
It was an adventure finding our campsite, as hiker-biker sites are not advertised. With a lot of friendly help, we found our camp and just collapsed. It was a long day and we are tired. It was nice to be with people who understand Bear etiquette. 20 plus tent sites and not a speck of garbage around. It was a quiet night.
Climbers Camp at North Pines Campground 

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