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Oct 22, 2017 - fountains of stone

As a navigationally impaired person, I wouldn't dream of going anywhere I've never been before without a GPS. These devices are a life saver, but every so often they screw up, so I always have a map on my lap as well, especially when we are traveling in the motor home. U-turns are not fun when you are 62 feet long. The other reason I love my AAA map is that it tells me when the route is scenic. Today's route was dotted on my map the entire way. As we traveled south from Reno we had the snow topped Sierra Nevadas on one side and less...

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May 19, 2016 - Baker, NV to Lee Vining, California

California here we come. Today was a travel day. We started out on US 6 which is called the Grand Army of the Republic Road, and US 50, which is named “The Loneliest Road in America”. Early along the way we saw a Pronghorn Antelope. We passed some windmills. There were 5 rows of 12-14 windmills per row and they were lined up in 5 perfect lines, so when you passed them on the road in the right place, you could only see one windmill in the row. It was nice to be able to wear shorts instead of jeans this morning. It got up into the 70’s later...

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Jul 29, 2015 - The East Side of the Sierra Nevadas

From the Sullivan Family Reunion Tom and I headed to Lee Vining, CA. On an earlier reunion trip we passed Mono Lake but could not stop. Mono Lake just kind of stayed in my head for 15 years. So since I do the planning I planned 3 nights in Lee Vining. The RV park was great and we had a partial view of the lake. Mono Lake is a smaller version of the Great Salt Lake. It is not as salty but it has some features that Great Salt Lake does not have. Lee Vining is on the east side of the Sierra Nevada so there is a lot of variety in the landscape....

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Jun 7, 2015 - Yosemite National Park et Mono lake

bonjour Très belle journée dans le majestueux Yosemite National Park. La gorge est immense et les cailloux!!! Nous avons fait une randonnée vers la chute. Très jolie et très intense, il faisait très très chaud. Plus gros que Zions, impressionnant !! Sur la route du parc un chevreuil et un ours ont traversé la route devant nous. On se promène jusqu'à 9000 pieds d'altitude. Les sommets de montagnes ont de la neige. En début de soirée, nous sommes allés voir les monolithes a Mono Lake. Couche a Lee Vining dans une cabane au bord du lac Mono...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Day 4 Lee Vining Ca

drove north on hwy 395 to lee vining ca. tomorrow we plan to go to tioga pass. here are todays photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/116295225967819263686/Day4ToLeeViningCa?authkey=Gv1sRgCNqFkcDNk4jngwE#

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Aug 10, 2011 - Bumps on the Road to Yosemite

Well, I guess every family on vacation has at least one rough day, but today pushed the limits! A spur of the moment suggestion by Maya kindled a desire that I’d had for years, to show my family the glories of Yosemite National Park. As a child my family had crossed and cris-crossed California in numerous road trips. Yosemite made a deep impression on my mind as a child, and as wonderful as the Rockies are, I wanted to show Pete and the kids the magnificence of redwoods, high meadows and the immediate intimacy of Yosemite Valley. (And I’m...

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Aug 6, 2011 - Bodie Ghost Town & Mono Lake

8/6/11 Surprised Ann this morning with a trip to Bodie Ghost Town, a little south of where we stayed for the night in Bridgeport. Saw something about it on a campground bulletin board and thought she wouldn't want to miss it! It was a gold rush town in the 1880s but only about 5% of the buildings remain. It is now maintained in a state of "arrested decay". There are only a few building that you can actually go into. The rest are closed and screened so you can only peek througn the windows. But there is stuff in there!!!! An antique dealer's...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Day 223 - The Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite

My forum buddy, Bryan, sent a message to me noting I had saved the best for last…meaning I had chosen Colorado for my 48th state where he had grown up. Well, he was half right…I did save the best for last. Today is my last day for exploring and I spent it returning to Yosemite National Park. The ‘valley’ as the locals refer to it. That’s my park. Lifelong memories lie there. My grandkids’ great great grandfather’s stomping ground and source of inspiration was in that valley on the Merced River. I could have easily skipped it but including...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Day 222 - The Brilliance of Fall on the June Lake Loop

Today was an exploration day...the day of color and odd formations! I drove just 6 miles south of Lee Vining and turned west onto the June Lake Loop Road and ran into mulitudes of color, color, color. It was simply a wow day. I've never been on this side of my Sierra in late October so this was all new for me. The road is about 15 miles long and passes three lakes along the way. June Lake is the largest by far, but I must say, the two on the north side of the loop were surrounded by more color. If you want to eat out...buy supplies...or...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Day 221 - An idle day...

Never got out of my sweats today either. Looks like I'm developing an every other lazy day. I play with my computer and look out the window and watch all the leaves turning yellow. I like this side of the Sierra. I think when I went on my cowboy adventures in the 90s I learned to love the desert. When walking Hunter, I love to smell the sage. Maybe Hunter and I will venture out tomorrow...it's supposed to be sunny!

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Oct 18, 2010 - Day 220 - Lee Vining-Bishop-Benton-Lee Vining

I did a nice loop today and saved a bundle on diesel doing it. I had already planned the loop, but I hadn't planned on waiting til Bishop before refueling. But when I saw that sign (included in the pictures)...I headed south on 395. Bought diesel at the Piute Casino in Bishop for $3.35. Still one of the highest I've paid on the trip, but $.64 less than Lee Vining X 38 gallons = $24.32 SAVINGS!!! Did minimal grocery shopping in Bishop then headed up Hwy 6 to Benton. I had never been on that route before so it beckoned to me of course. I was...

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Oct 17, 2010 - Day 219 - A Fiesta...NO a Siesta day!

As Carol said in her message to me on the Guestbook, she calls the last stop before home...the decompression stop. Perfect name. Today I napped, watched football, read, napped, walked Hunter and listened to the rain. Oh, and I napped. :-) Haven't even gotten to the presents yet. Not enough time with the napping. Maybe the sun will be out in the morning...

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