As I approached the park exit I could see Mt Dana which I hope to hike by the end of this trip. A steep canyon drops you down to Lee Vining with partial views of Mono Lake. Another 30 miles and I was at Mammoth Mountain Inn and my first restroom break since I left Sonoma! Yes, I drove 5 1/2 hours and drank 3 Gator Ades w/o stopping. After a nice burger and a pinot, I spend the evening in my room going over maps and deciding on tomorrow's hike. I might be crazy, but I think my first hike is going to be a big one! So much for my initial plan of an easy warm-up hike to start the week. Well, this hike has many turn-around points, so it doesn't need to be as long or hard as it could potentially be.
Also, during my drive, I continued to experiment with taking time lapse videos. I took one photo per second for about 4 hours. It's a nice video, but due to the fixed perspective in the car and the speed of the time lapse, much the drive's glory is lost, but it is still a cool video.
|At Olmstead Point looking towards Tenaya Lake and Tresidder Peak.|
|Half Dome as seen from Olmstead Point on Hwy 120.|