Good Thing about this morning: There was one of these next to the ice bucket:
Sometimes known as a "church-key". I aten't seen one for about forty years; Young People might like to know that the pointy end was used for punching holes in for e.g. cans of BEER back in the days before ring-pulls were commonplace.
So today I decided to go to Sonora, for reasons which may become clearer in the next episode of the Automatic Diary. Lone Pine lies on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, while Sonora is on the west. You can guess the rest. A Sierra Nevada can look very much like this, provided the weather is nice:
Last time I was in this neighbourhood, in 2011, I nearly got a terrific picture of the moon setting over the mountains but by the time I'd rescued my camera from my room it had clouded over chiz.
Turn right out of the car park and north up US-395. This takes you all the way to the foot of Tioga Pass, but I made a couple of detours. First to Mammoth and further up the mountain to Minaret Summit. Here be Scenery.
A few miles up 395 is the June Lake Loop, which takes one off the main road and past June, Gull and Silver Lakes. I've visited these parts enough times before but have never had the time to visit such places, which shameful omission has now been rectified.
|Silver Lake. Just add water...|
- They make lousy through routes, and
- Post-Labor Day, men in hi-vis take over the roads, which can lead to long waits at road works.
There are worse places to be sat waiting half an hour for the single lane to open than 7,000 feet up in a pine forest with the roof down, warm sunshine and bangin' choons available courtesy of DJ Random. 2010's long wait up one of Colorado's grimmer passes in the pouring rain, for starters.
|Tenaya Lake. In between two sets of road works...|
|Street light artfully omitted from picture|
- The vacant lot behind the firework store, or
- The motel car park and I-80.