In the morning we went to see the Devil's Post Pile near Mammoth Lakes. These unusually shaped rock fingers resulted from cooling lava, millions of years ago. We went over a pass at 9,200 ft and down to the post pile at an elevation of over 8,000 ft. It was 36 deg F when we got there at 9:30am, but a brisk walk at that elevation soon got the heart pumping.
Then drove into Yosemite Park through the Tioga Pass eastern entrance. We had a very pretty 90min drive to the village area and booked a tour for tomorrow, had a look around and a drink at The Ahwahnee. It was another poor winter for snowfall and even the perennial Bridalveil Falls had almost no flow.
We stayed outside the Park near the small town of El Portal, 30 min from the village.