Driving Through Yosemite

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After taking all the shots we wanted of the tufa, we hopped into the car and went our merry way to Yosemite via scenic Tioga Pass. I was excited for the opportunity to be in Yosemite again. What made this more thrilling was the chance to use Tioga Pass again as our entry point. The one time we went this way, the views were spectacular with snow-capped peaks and blue skies.

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This time though there were less snow in the peaks, a visible sign of the 3-year drought that the state was in.

We stopped by a lake, the water was frozen in late May. The weather though was mild and very sunny.

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We had no intention of taking any hikes. We knew it was late in the day to embark on a hike. Our intent was to drive through Yosemite on the way to our stop for the night, which was a cabin in Groveland that was loaned to us by friends. However, we were able to stop in different spots and took photos.

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We stopped at Olmsted Point where the vista was stunning. At this site the people watching is plenty and very good. I saw a little critter that I can't identify whether it's a squirrel or something else.

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It had been a long day, one that started in Lake Tahoe and now about to end in Groveland. Soon as we finished shooting at Olmsted, we drove the car straight to the cabin. We were exhausted.

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Comments

  1. What a gorgeous place to take photos!

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  2. A wonderful collection of mountains scenes that are impressive and make me want to take a trip there.

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  3. What a majestic drive! It looked like you had an amazing multi-climatic day - snowy mountains on one end and bare ones on the other. Such beautiful nature. Ir's so calming just looking at the photos. Nice shots.

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  4. Ah, one of my very favorite places!!! Haven't been there in too many years, but your captures for the day are the next best thing!! Thank you for sharing!! Have a lovely weekend!!

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  5. I think they must have invented the word Majestic for scenes like these! Nothing describes it better.

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  6. beautiful mountains and view :-)

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  7. Wow, what a place, stunning photos.

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  8. I found that tree root amazing! Very majestic scenic place.
    JM, Illinois

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  9. Inspiring mountain panoramas and enchanting water views all graced with lovely skies.

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful photos. I have been in summer, but I see i absolutely must visit in winter too.

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  11. What an amazing pace! Super scenery and I like the way you have used the little cars that give us a good idea of the scale of the mountains.

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  12. Stunning photos of this amazing place! Wasn't that climb those two guys just did unbelievable! I cannot imagine it.

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  13. Magnificent! Cool looking tree!

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  14. Beautiful and scenic. Great place to drive through.

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  15. Wonderful images! And a beautiful sky you had. You covered a lot in a one-day drive through. Years ago, we made the reverse trip after spending a few days in Yosemite. Left the valley and took the road out through Tioga Pass and on to Tahoe.

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  16. That's on my list of places to visit - your photos are wonderful.

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  17. Beautiful shots. Strangely enough I don't remember too many bloggers posting pics about Yosemite.

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  18. What a spectacular series of shots! The one of half dome is the winner for me!!

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  19. Hi! Very beautiful series of photos. I want to go there in a future. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Such scenic views! Great pics.

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  21. Wonderful views, it would be hard to take a bad shot!

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  22. beautiful vista's. I sure would like to visit Yosemite some day. tfs

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  23. Stunning shots. I've never been there but hope to visit one day.

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  24. Wow! Beautiful shots here,the uprooted tree looks huge.

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