Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tioga Pass Road is Open - Finally

Did we mention that Yosemite has water?

A lake with no name
Wednesday, June 22 – Back to Yosemite National Park, this time to take the Tioga Road. We had learned the Tioga Pass was finally open, after a near record winter snowpack. That was where we wanted to go. Our trip took us up to Tenaya Lake, where we ate our picnic lunch in the car. After lunch we traveled just a little further east, then turned around to see the country from the other direction. And it was just as splendid coming back!

Water! Here’s the South Fork of the Tuolumne River (the same river that flows past our Thousand Trails Park) crashing down the mountain to the road, then under and beyond.

All along the road we found impromptu waterfalls, cascades, rivulets, trickles and seeps. There must be thousands of them everywhere in the mountains, and we saw plenty along the Tioga Road!

This is Yosemite Creek.

At a stop at Olmstead Point, we first took the standard picture.

Then, looking to the west, saw the “other side” of Half Dome off in the distance.

Looking east, we spied Tenaya Lake, deep blue and beckoning.

Years ago, with small children, we camped near the shores of this pristine lake. The high country campgrounds haven’t yet been opened for the summer, so we didn’t get to revisit the spot.

This was the only boater we saw at Tenaya.
Tenaya Lake still has some ice floating near the shore.

We sat in the car with our picnic lunch and with this view.

Right next door, this hiker and his two companions set up a lunch break.

Suzy's point of view has her own style:

A self-portait?
Toward the end of the day, we stopped to refill our gas tank, and met up with these other travelers.

Our friend and reader Carol K commented last time "We want Yosemite!" Now you have Yosemite, Carol, and we're going back again tomorrow for more.

And for those who want more pictures, there are lots of them on our Yosemite web album.

And that's it for one more day in ... Our Life on Wheels.


  1. Aha, I spotted that creative little tri-colored piece of baggage or whatever it was on the running board of that....'black car':)) Well, Yosemite looks to me like it has the Bayfield Bunch's name on it for sure. But it will not be during tourist season. I think it would be a great place to spend some time in the Autumn. I better go get my Atlas & see just where the heck that Yosemite place is by golly:))

  2. Good pictures. Makes me remember our trip there.

  3. Jerry and Suzy, you came through! It was worth the wait for your Yosemite pictures. I enjoyed looking at all of today's pictures. I love all the water pictures, and the rocks and other pictures, too. My favorite, though, is the very first picture. That's a handsome national park sign (in color, even?) and an even more handsome couple of people hanging out at either end of the attractive sign. Travel safely, my friends.

  4. THANK YOU for those wonderful pictures. It has been far too long since we have visited Yosemite. Gonna have to fix that. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Wow, what beautiful pictures. I have never been in that part of the country. Will have to go there sometime.

  6. That ice on the lake just makes me so cold I want to go put my coat on. But all the snow melt sure does make for some beautiful waterfalls and cascades.

  7. Great photos of Yosemite Park. That's one of the National Parks that's within our reach but one we've never visited - yet! Your blog and pics has put it right on top of my priority list.

  8. Love your pictures! They're bringing back wonderful memories for me.

  9. I sure have been enjoying your travels. Great pics of Yosemite.

  10. Some stunning scenery there. I especially enjoyed the mountain shots. Can't believe it's taken this long for Tioga Pass to's definitely been a long winter this year. Nina

  11. I'm so glad you made it to the park. Did Big Red make it too?


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