Pullout near Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA
As another day dawned, we drove quickly out of the valley. This time however, we were stopped in our tracks by a fire raging the side of the mountain. Crews were driving up and down the road at breakneck speeds to assist in the containment. So what do we do? Like the good hipsters we are, we hopped out of the car and snapped some photos.
Olmstead Point, Yosemite National Park, CA
We continued on our path, determined on reaching Mono Lake by nightfall, but that wouldn't stop us from taking some time to enjoy the sights along the way.
Olmstead Point was next in our path. A short hike out from the lookout point, on a rocky path, which is a term I use lightly in this situation, we found ourselves overlooking a valley, covered in trees. It started to sink in just how amazing God's artistry was. We had experienced so many different sights, terrains ranging from glass lakes to towering mountains, to never ending forests, to graceful meadows, God truly flexed his muscles, showing us the stroke of his brush.
With some extra time to spend, we decided to take a walk around Tenaya Lake. The path around the lake is flat but winding, bringing you around rivers and outlets, onto the beach and back into the woods. This lake was absolutely gorgeous, smooth as glass and reflective like a mirror. The best part of the lake by far was the south end, where some great adventurer (or perhaps a legion of them?) decided to start making rock towers, and never decided to stop. It was a treat to get to see all of the hard work the people put in, and to get some awesome pictures too!
After a long drive out of the park, through the mountains, we arrived at Mono Lake. This lake is millions of years old and the rock formations are breathtaking. Every pillar as unique as grains of sand, we were transported to magical world. We were no longer in Yosemite, or Mono Lake, but we were in a prehistoric land, discovering a new uncharted land.
The sun set and lit the sky ablaze in shades of orange and pink. We stayed for a while, taking in every last drop of light before making our way back to camp for the night. Yosemite was absolutely incredible and I recommend that everyone come here at least once.
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