Mono Lake & Yosemite NP – gorgeous landscapes

The drive from Lake Tahoe to Mono Lake is amazing. We drive along the Sierra and cross a couple of passes. Our equipment so far does well. The decent from these passes though, becomes challenging. The breaks on the Suburban tend to heat up quickly (once in a while they get smoky). Arriving at Mono Lake, we head straight to the Information Center where Mara is eager to run thru the Junior Ranger program. It is the last batch and luckily the Ranger keeps its promise. He holds the last batch for Mara. After completing the program, the ceremony begins, including photo shooting for the Junior Ranger Program website. Tonight, we still need to get a site; we ask the ranger at the information center for recommendations. He lists us 4 options (just in case the camps are full). We are lucky and find a nice spot on the first National forest campsite recommended, right next to the waterfall – the drive thru the campground is spectacular – I am glad no one came across and we got into the spot safely. So far, this was the most beautiful and peaceful campground on our trip!

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Next day, we climb up to 10,000 feet to enter Yosemite from the east entrance thru Tioga Pass. The landscape here is gorgeous and the view to the half Dome amazing! Lucky enough that that Yolanda planned weeks ahead and got us a site. Lots of camper must stay outside the park or even don’t do Yosemite for lack of camp sites in and around the park. We all are truly surprised about the traffic and the crowed in Yosemite valley – just insane! We visit the Tunnel View, Mirror Lake and do  a few smaller hikes as well as the Junior Ranger program. Mara and Elin enjoy the Junior Ranger program and learning about the nature, animals and plants.

During our stay we chat with various locals and ask for recommendations on the way to SF (San Francisco). Unfortunate, there is no much in between and we decide to go straight to SF and spend a couple of days there.

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