Scenic Drive Part Two

image Lee Vining to Lone Pine

Yosemite National Park ends after passing through Tioga Pass.

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As we descend the Pass, we notice a haze… Clouds? Fog? Smoke?

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Highway 120, Tioga Road, empties into the town of Lee Vining. According to suburbanstats.org, only 222 people currently live here.

We intersect U.S. 395 and head south.

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There’s that haze again. Our eyes start burning. It even smells funky.

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I get online to investigate, and sure enough, in late June a wildfire broke out north of Lee Vining, closing parts of 395 as 819 acres of pinyon and brush burned. (mynews4.com)

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And here we are today, just shy of 3 months later, seeing, feeling, and smelling the smoke!


Fires can be beautiful and ugly. Fires can bring restoration and destruction. And whether or not they are caused by nature, carelessness, or malice, dedicated and courageous men and women risk their lives to keep us out of harm’s way.  So, hug your favorite firefighter today!

I am not being ungrateful or sarcastic. This is a pic of my "grandson-in-law" at Halloween. His Dad is a firefighter, EMT, and Paramedic.

I mean no disrespect or sarcasm. This is a sweet pic of my “grandson-in-law” at Halloween. His Dad is a firefighter, EMT, and Paramedic.

Once again, I am reminded that wildfires are serious threats and affect the lives and property of real people and places.


We leave the mountains and fire residue behind and finally arrive in Lone Pine where we will pick up Highway 190 into Death Valley.

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The Most Beautiful Scenic Drive

image Tioga Road through Yosemite

Fasten your seatbelt and join me in the passenger’s seat as we take the 39+ mile route that crosses the Sierra Nevada through Yosemite National Park.

Oh wait, I don’t have a seatbelt! And Forest River doesn’t care… But that’s a topic for another time…

Our destination is Death Valley. So, sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery, along with me, on this 8 hour ride. You won’t be disappointed!

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This drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes ranges from 6,200 feet to almost 10,000 feet in elevation. The Valley offers spectacular views but this less crowded road is just as magnificent, if not more!