Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tuolumne Meadows, September 2007

We camped for a week at Tuolumne Meadows on the east side of Yosemite, in the Tioga Pass area at about 8600 feet. The nights were very cold -- lots of blankets. One of our first hikes was right nearby, at Lembert Dome, a big granite knob:

Although the trail wasn't steep, the sheer granite face was intimidating:

On another memorable hike, we went out to North Dome, which overlooks Yosemite Valley and Half Dome:

On the way back from North Dome, we climbed up to Indian Arch:

The landscape of the high country was stark, inspiring me to imitate Ansel Adam in black-and-white:

Toward the end of the trip, the weather started to get stormy:

On our way home, we stopped off at Parker Lake, north of June Mountain:

We hiked up to Fern Lake, where the aspens were starting to turn: