Friday, October 25, 2013


We took lunch makings with us and headed for Mammoth Lakes, CA mid-morning today.   We took the short walk in to the Devil’s Post Pile and found that to be interesting.  They are still cleaning up from a major wind storm back in November 2011 that blew down thousands of mature trees.  The winds ranged up to 180 miles per hour!
After spending some time in the Mammoth area, we went back out to Hwy 395 and went further north to Lee Vining then took Hwy 120 to Yosemite National Park.  Because of the time and distance, we didn’t go too far into the park, but Tioga Pass at around 10,000 feet elevation gave us some great scenery.  We’re running out of time here and there is still so much to see.  There is the possibility of snow for Mammoth on Tuesday.

We’re waiting to see if it will get noisy here tonight.  When we got up this morning, there were about thirty carloads of young people camped in the pit in front of us.  We’re guessing they are mostly rock climbers.  I’m expecting to see even more when we get up tomorrow morning since lots of them probably had to work today.   It’s much different from our first couple of days when there were only about eight of us here and none were very young.

Taken about 2 kms from camp this morning just after the sun appeared

Closer to camp

Nearly Crowley Lake about 20 miles up Hwy 395 from Bishop, CA

The Devil's Post Pile

This is one large Lodgepole Pine at about 7600 feet elevation

A little waterfall near the Post Pile parking lot

Along the road up to Tioga Pass from Lee Vining

In Tioga Pass

Tioga Lake

This is one twisty pine!