Tuolumne Meadow Sunset

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Long day. We were up before 4am to get to JFK for our flight to San Francisco, and as I write this I am still on east coast time where it is 2am. Traveling couldn’t have gone smoother, and by about 1pm local time we were on the road driving toward Yosemite.

As we made our way across the central California valley, even from one hundred miles away we could see some serious thunderheads on the horizon getting us excited about what we might see at our chosen first destination… Tuolumne Meadow. We passed up the opportunity to stop at many beautiful places along the Tioga Road so that we might get to Tuolumne before dark, and hopefully in time for some nice light playing with the storm clouds.

Sam and I both caught our breath when we first glimpsed the meadow, and we excitedly jumped out and started to explore. There was some stormy weather over Lembert Dome and beyond into the high country where Mount Gibbs and Mount Dana towered over the landscape, and with the sun behind us we were treated to a spectacular rainbow and some amazing late evening light.

In the brief but productive time we had here, there must have been fifteen or more deer happily grazing in the meadow, and the mosquitoes rivaled anything we have back home in Maine. As you can see though, nothing could spoil the remarkable sight before our eyes. Cannot wait to explore more tomorrow.

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6 thoughts on “Tuolumne Meadow Sunset

  1. You have some great shots from Yosemite. Just finished looking at a bunch of them. How did you manage to post a photo every day while on the trail??

    • David Patterson

      Karl… thanks. As much as I would love to get onto the trail in the high country for an extended period of time, on this trip all of our adventures were one-day hikes. We stayed in a Lee Vining hotel for a couple of days where there was Internet connectivity, and then we only spent a couple of nights in the tents in Yosemite Valley before heading back to San Francisco and civilization.

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