Mono Lake and Yosemite to Mariposa, California: 8.3.2008

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Morning in Tonopah! Another big day!

Check out of the Silver Queen Motel and head for the hills.

First stop, the Tonopah Mining Museum Park,

before moving on to Mono Lake,

and passing through Yosemite National Park at dusk

on the way to Mariposa, California.

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Now entering Inyo National Forest, Land of Many Uses.

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We make a pit stop at the Benton Station Cafe in Benton, California.

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Warm August on the road,

we enjoy a little something special,

the chill of a tasty ice cream sundae.

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Mono Lake can be seen in the distance.

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Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area and Mono Craters, Inyo National Forest.

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Now entering Lee Vining, California,  Gateway to Yosemite.

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Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

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Leaving Lee Vining and Mono Lake behind,

we take the open Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park.

In the snowy months, the Tioga Pass may be closed.

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We pass a series of tunnels at just before sunset.

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Taking a moment to enjoy the view and the fresh air.

     

          

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