11 July 2008

We packed and checked out of the hotel around 9:30 a.m.   We headed back to Fort Point to see if we could get better pictures of the GGB than yesterday.

When we got there, there was a little fog surrounding the north tower, but everything else was visible.  So we spent some time there photographing.

Then we headed to the REI store in San Francisco to buy a few more items for camping.  Then off to the mountains.

We stopped in Mercado at a restaurant called El Pollo Loco.  The food there was pretty good.  We both got burritos.

Then we headed east along Highway 120.  Unfortunately, the highway was blocked off at ????? and we had to detour.  The traffic on the detour was more like a parking lot.  It took over an hour to go 3 miles.  We weren’t sure what the detour was for.

Eventually, we got back on 120 and continued east.  We split off on Highway 108 to go through the Sonora pass rather than the Tioga Pass.  As we climbed the Sierra Nevadas, there was more and more smoke in the air.  The mountains looked smokier than the Smoky Mountains.  The potentially magnificent views were rendered boring by the thick smoke cover.

We took a few pictures along the way.  We got out at the pass and went for a short walk.  There were lots of wildflowers on the path, but all the views were shrouded in smoke.  We thought the smoke must be from the various wildfires burning in central California.

We arrived in Lee Vining around 6:00 p.m. and checked in to Murphey’s Motel.  Then we headed out to Bodie Mike’s Bar-B-Q.  The food there was pretty good and reasonably priced (a refreshing experience after San Francisco).

After supper we headed to Mono Lake to look at the south tufas in the twilight.  We took several pictures there and headed back to the motel for the night.

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