Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tuolumne Meadows / Mammoth Lakes & Eastern Yosemite Trip (July 20-24, 2009)
Tuolumne Meadows is in the high country east of Yosemite Valley. The elevation of the meadow is at 8500 feet and 10,000 feet at the east entrance to the park. It's a beautiful meadow complete with the magnificent Tuolumne River and granite domes. This is a perfect place to lose yourself in peaceful solitude...and we did. We sat on the meadow looking east toward "Lembert Dome." I took our pooch, Madison, for a walk on the meadow as I took pictures of the little wild flowers growing in the grass. We could look to the west and admire the view of people climbing on "Pothole Dome." Pothole Dome looks like it's covered with snow, but it is actually granite rock!
We did not venture down to the Tuolumne River on this trip. There are very nice pictures of it on the following link: http://www.yosemitefun.com/tuolumne_meadows.htm And, many other interesting facts on the park, as well.
We spotted 3 mule deer in the meadow as we drove on highway 120 towards Lee Vining. What a spectacular sight!