I left Carson City this morning and headed to Yosemite. On the way there, I was delayed both by construction, and by sheep. Yes, sheep.
Contrary to popular depiction, Yosemite was not horribly crowded, and I managed to get the obligatory photographs of El Capitan and Halfdome. Tioga Pass Road is not for the acrophobic. Also, the fact that a road exists at 9,945 feet is amazing to me.
After Yosemite, and surviving the trip back out Tioga Pass, I stopped at Mono Lake. My original intention was to hike into Panum Crater, but the wind was blowing so horribly that I took a pass on that. Instead I just went to see the tufa.
After Mono Lake, I drove past Owens Lake, where I stopped to see some charcoal kilns.
Then it was on to Death Valley, where I stopped at Father Crowley Vista only to be treated to a fighter jet flyover! I’m guessing the jets were probably out of China Lake. They buzzed this ridiculous canyon. Sadly, I got no pictures of the jets.
I then drove across Death Valley. Please note that I have been at 9,945 feet and -190 feet today. I think that may be partially to blame for my headache, although maybe not, as Taco Hell seems to have helped.
Tomorrow is just puttering around Death Valley, so hopefully it will be a blissfully short day. I plan on sleeping in a bit. I’ll be back in Pahrump tomorrow night, so at least I don’t have to haul all my stuff back to the car.
More photos here.