Trip to Lee Vining and back, August 29, 2009

We flew right over Yosemite to reach Lee Vining. The first half of the flight was unremarkable but once we cleared the smoke from some fires, the views came out.

Most of the specific mountain and lake names came from Google maps, overlaid with our GPS track of the trip out to Lee Vining and the return trip over a similar route back to the Bay Area.

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The top of Sentinel Dome

Half Dome

The Devils Dance Floor

Looking back down the valley westward

Cathedral lakes near Tuolumne Meadows

Fairview Dome

Looking north from over Tuolumne meadows. That's a lot of granite.

Echo peaks? Not 100% sure. These were south of our course when we were near Tenaya lake.

One of the last bits of high mountain on the eastern side of the Sierras before descending into Lee Vining. We more or less followed Highway 120 - Tioga Pass. I think this is called Williams Butte.

Descending to Lee Vining. Mono Lake is on the right.

High final approach. We ended up landing on 15 instead.

Tufa on Mono Lake

Departing back over Tioga pass

Saddleback Lake

Unnamed dome near Saddleback Lake

Mount Conness

May Lake

Approaching Yosemite Valley

And back towards civilization, a large chemical(?) plant in Modesto

Flying over San Jose International on the way to Palo Alto

Some cool looking spores/plants in a marsh area on approach to Palo Alto. The heat must have made them spawn or something because a few days prior this wasn't there.


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