We had packed up all our belongings the night before and left the hostel early in the morning on the 7th, in order to get to Tuolumne Meadows early! Tuolumne Meadows (Too-awl-oh-me) is like Yosemite backcountry; it’s less crowded and less distinctive than the valley. Its full of wildflowers and rolling meadows, less people, which means more wildlife, and many crystal blue lakes! The first thing we did when we got there was stop at Tenaya Lake, my favorite Lake! I wish I could have stopped for a few hours and just sat and on the sparkling granite and read a book- It was so breezy and cool, there were no bugs or mosquitos, and it was completely silent except for the birds and rustle of leaves.
The water was clear, blue, and cold!
After spending as many moments of peace as we could spare there, we headed farther down Tioga Road towards Tuolumne. We stopped at the side of the road a few times to explore.
We finally got to Tuolumne and it was very pretty! We were told that it’s usually more green, but the drought has made the landscape dry and brown. It was beautiful nonetheless. On the drive to the trailhead we wanted to do, I saw a blonde black bear cub in a little meadow off the side of the road. Kate didn’t glimpse it because she was driving. By the time we found a pull-off to turn the car around, it was gone in the trees…
We only got a limited amount of time in Tuolumne before we were scheduled to leave at 1:00. So we opted for a short 2 and a half hour hike to Gaylor Lake. It was a one mile hike uphill to the ridge, then a half mile hike downwards to where the lake lay in a boulder-strewn meadow. The hike gave gorgeous views of Tuolumne below.
Kate said she liked this Lake more than Tenaya, but there were relentless bees at Gaylor Lake that would not leave me alone! The hike was more difficult because the air was thinner; we were hiking at 10,000 ft. It was pretty though — and very secluded..
This was the view from the top of the ridge:
We made our hike back to our car and departed from the beautiful Yosemite National Park.
Our next stop was Bodie, CA! A creepy and desolate gold-mining ghost town!
It was so hot! There were a good amount of tourists there, so i guess it wasn’t such a ghost town after all. There is a curse though, that if you take any artifacts form the town, even rocks, you’ll be cursed with bad luck until you return what you stole. Creepy! There were numerous letters from people who confessed their theft, including testimonies of their luck improving once they returned what they took…
Let me just say that ALL of our drives have been gorgeous. One thing i love about California is the ever changing and ever beautiful scenery. I’m tempted to read, or sleep while we drive, but i just can’t tear my eyes away from the views!
We arrived early last night in Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, in a city called Stateline. We literally sleep in Nevada, but when we go down to the lake we’re in California! It’s real cool. The people we’re staying with have made us feel like part of their family; they’ve been so accommodating and generous! We love it here because you have mountains, meadows, and the beach! What a trifecta!