Yosemite Photo Journal

May 2013

A long weekend to ride! How about Yosemite? Let’s go!

Great partly-cloudy day to ride up to Yosemite

First view of Half Dome

The road ahead

The road across the valley

First waterfall


Another waterfall

And on the path back

What should I see…?

Pleine aire painter. Can I bring him home with me?

Yet another waterfall

Uncompromising

Scales of time

Looking across the Merced River

No matter how big the rocks, the clouds are bigger. No matter how big the clouds, the sky has capacity.

Delicious scallop dinner in Mariposa

Saturday

Back through Yosemite on Saturday to cross the pass.

Time to get my feet wet

By the way, there’s another waterfall

Ready to leave the valley


Nice place to stop for gas in the national park

Heading over the pass


Yup, just kick back and relax (as long as you’ve got lotsa layers!)

Tormented tree

Oooh, what’s that ahead?

Lake Tenaya 8150’

And out to bad ol’ Bodie, a notorious mining town that’s now a ghost town. (elevation 8379’)

One church to 65 saloons

The weather vane on this barn creaked back and forth in the wind… perfect

The town is now a state part maintained in a style called “arrested decay” where they put in glass and roofs and put back things that fall down now, but don’t try to restore it to it’s younger days. I wondered where I could sign up for that program.


The hillside is pockmarked with gold and silver holes.

It was active in 1915-20. Gas pumps

Truck

With WWII, mining of “non-essential metals” was forbidden and the town closed down.

Even then, the Altar of Coffee

Outhouse for three

Outhouse for Saturday night

Abandoned town, ghost child, forgotten toy

Fires were the major danger to the town itself. All that’s left here is the chimney wall and the bed frame

A chunk o’ metal


My favorite find


The historian told us how difficult life was for the prostitutes. Bed springs and barbed wire says it all!

A very small building with a very important door

Doorways to the past


Fun traveling with someone who knows about iron works. “This was worked in a smith.” Fine, then I’ll take a picture of it.

Roof over the sheriff’s horse stall

What’s that?

The garage!


Of course…

The moon continues to keep watch

Fire truck

And nozzles

In this area that spent a good part of the winter under 6’ (feet) of snow, a sled

Gears from the processing facility

Heading back out of the park… I rode the dirt easily! Yea for Rich Oliver’s Mystery School training!

Bridgeport Court House. Notice the nests under the window eaves.


Fun little town

Sunday

Time to head back over the mountains. Sonora Pass 9623’ – time to get over and down again!


Stanislas River

A full size tree bobbing lightly in the flow

At each stop…

From Sonora to Mariposa, highway 49 is just turn after twist after turn. A new milestone ~ I scraped a peg!

The whole route, 539 miles:

Monday

Back into town with work to do on Monday

Of course, not the WHOLE day!
Shaver Lake


Espresso chip. With sprinkles.

And more riding
Huntington Lake

Kewlio fence on the road back down


And back into town just in time to tuck the Tiger into its locker and catch a taxi to the airport… until next time…

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