Monthly Archives: August 2014

Saddlebag Lake country

This post continues from the last one, on meadows and lakes north of Bennettville , north of Tioga Pass on the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Above its precipitous descent toward Mono Lake, Lee Vining Creek flows in a … Continue reading

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Meadows and Lakes North of Bennettville

In the folded metamorphic rocks north of Tioga Pass, streams have carved portions of their valleys in less resistant strata parallel to the gross bedding. After tumbling out of its basin, Lee Vining Creek follows a straight valley southeast, carved in … Continue reading

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Tioga Pass Landscape

The rocks and landscapes of the Sierra have many stories to tell. As old sediments and volcanic rocks were folded into mountain ranges 250-60 million years ago, rivers carved their valleys along the NNW-SSE folds. At roughly the same time, … Continue reading

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Hidden Meadows

In the mountains as in life, I’ve found to be open to unexpected things enriches  my experience . As you drive eastbound over Tioga Pass on Yosemite’s Tioga Road, the bulk of 13,000 foot Mt. Dana rises to the east. North of … Continue reading

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Sierra Clouds

This July, my cousin and I took six good day hikes below the Sierra crest east of Tioga Pass and Yosemite. We looked far up to 12,000 foot summits and hidden basins while walking beside lakes and meadows. We experienced the … Continue reading

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