Thanks for joining us on our trip into the mountains.
We stopped off at a farm shop to pick up provisions for our trip.
Fabulous fresh produce, straight off the land around.
The first thing which shocked me was the aftermath of what had to have been an extreme fire.
Thousands of blackened, charred trees.
So I looked it up...
In September 2014, a fire thought to be a spot fire from the lightning-strike broke out.
It spread rapidly and spread over 5,000 acres.
I didn’t like to take photographs.
It was so awful.
Felt like taking pictures of a grave or an empty hospital bed.
So I borrowed one from Google, to show you the thousands of blackened sticks for trunks which stretched as far as the eye could see.
Not quite how I remembered it, that’s for sure!
But we kept on up the winding mountain roads,
higher and higher we climbed...
You know what they say:
the higher you climb,
the further the drop.
Waterfalls, cascades, lakes -
oh yes, it was all there.
And so were the tourists.
Lots and lots of them.
But there we have it.
A prime example of how man can take a spectacular area of outstanding natural beauty,
and turn it into a money-making venture.
The epicentre of the park, the village, was very ugly, and commercialised. We fled actually.
Went and sought out more secluded spots.
Babbling brooks and suchlike.
The water was crystal clear.
Blimming cold too!
As we headed across the park, the terrain changed.
The mountain peaks showed snow,
and the views were stunning.
Awesome, in the real sense of the word.
The sheer scale of the place was overwhelming!
We drove for hours along winding mountains with no barriers,
and sudden death drops.
Then, as if we’d planned it, we arrived at the most beautiful
Just popped out at Lee Vining, and there it was.
As if by magic.
The end to a formidable day.
Tomorrow we move on....
But what a place.
Apart from the bits that humans managed to trash,
it was phenomenal.
Mind you, if the humans hadn’t built the roads and the passes,
we wouldn’t have got anywhere near the waterfalls either.
So I suppose we have to grant them that.