Sunday, August 23, 2015

Day 8 (23 August 2015)

A very hazy Half Dome from Olmsted Point - heading out of Yosemite National Park towards the eastern entrance. The haze is due to the bushfires nearby.

Strange rock features near Toulumne Meadows Visitor Centre. Still inside Yosemite National Park.

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park.

The eastern Yosemite National Park tollgate - at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level.

Descending down the Sierra Nevada near Lee Vining, California.

The Bodie Methodist Church.

Anne in front of one of Bodie's old shops.

Brick and wood structures in Bodie, California - east of Lee Vining.

The old Bodie School House - once served children within a 10,000 populated city.

A view of the desert side of the Sierra Nevada range near Bridgeport, California.

Toffee apples for sale in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe, California - a winter's paradise for skiers.

Gondolas to the South Lake Tahoe ski slopes.

Country western singer outside our restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

After a few days we have access to Wifi and inserted three days worth of holiday pictures. Today we left Yosemite National Park and needed to climb a 10,000 feet pass to travel eastward near the Nevada state line. The views over Yosemite was very hazy due to the bushfire that were started by lightning. It is strange as there has not been any rain or clouds in this region for weeks! We drove past a town called Lee Vining and headed off road to a ghost town called Bodie. Once a gold and silver mine city of 10,000 population however many years ago it was deserted and became a ghost town. Just recently it is opened to tourists and many original buildings are still intact. Interestingly their claim to fame during the 1880's was a killing of a person on a daily basis. Gold fever apparently! From Bodie we headed back on the Sierra Nevada range and made South Lake Tahoe about 3:30pm. This is a Bonanza site where Hoss Cartwright would have visited but now a famous ski resort at the south end of Lake Tahoe. The town is very touristy with fine restaurants. We have an early wake up tomorrow for a balloon ride of the lake - starting at 6:15am. This is a first for the four of us. With a champagne breakfast it should be fun. So cheers to all. 

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