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Published: July 17th 2011
I got up at about 7 but Henar and Ozy were still sleeping so stayed in bed a bit longer as I didn’t fancy going for a run this morning. Had a shower and waited for the couple to wake up before starting packing up getting ready for the day at Yosemite and Bodie ghost town. We set off at about 9 and made our way towards the Park. As we are staying at June Lake tonight we are planning to spend two days in the area, one visiting Bodie ghost town and Mono lake and the other day visiting Yosemite.
Instead of going into Yosemite the way most people go, we decided to go by the Sonora Pass through the 108 instead of the 120 and man, we got it right. As you drive up to 9624 ft the views are simply majestic and also very varied and the views of Sierra Nevada and the Hoover wilderness from the top of the Sonora pass are breath taking. You can really imagine the Indians and the cowboys living there and sharing those lands hundreds of years ago.
We, then, made our way down towards Bodie Ghost town as recommended
by my friend Derek. And again we weren’t disappointed at all. After about 3 miles drive on unpaved road, we paid $7 per person to get into the state park that has one of the best preserved ghost towns in the US. Bodie ghost town was amazing. The buildings stand just as time, fire and the elements have left them since the 1880s. Bodie boasted a population of about 10000 and was well known for wickedness, badmen and the worst climate out of doors. I really think this is a must for anybody travelling anywhere near Yosemite.
After a couple of hours in Bodie we drove down an unpaved and extremely quiet road to the Mono lake. Again, breathe taking views when after a little climb on a section of the road you can see in the horizon blending with the road the Mono lake, north America’s second oldest lake famous for its tufas that form when calcium bubbles from the subterranean springs combine with the carbonate in the alkaline lake waters. Basically it’s a very salty lake, with hardly any wildlife in it apart from alkali flies and brine shrimps. After driving from the north part of the lake
and stopping in Lee Vining to get some groceries we drove to the south of the lake to Navy Beach where we swim in the lake’s waters. The water wasn’t too cold and quite clean but the alkaline waters leave your skin looking quite rough!
After chilling out in the lake we made our way to the June lake close to the East entrance of Yosemite park where we had our reservation for the night. The June Lake loop is made up three or four different lakes and very popular for fishing. We, again, had two queen size beds in a motel style room but with fantastic views over the mountains. We were quite glad we arrive at a decent time and had a few hours to chill and go for a walk. I seriously pondered going for a run but I was quite tired so I decided to rest for one day and go the day after. Henar and Ozy went for a walk and I decided to relax and sat outside to catch the last glimpses of sunshine. As we were opposite to the Double Oak resort and it’s restaurants had quite good reviews we decided to settle
for dinner there. We booked dinner for 3 for 8 and enjoyed the hearty but not healthy portions in a decent restaurant. I had a combo dinner, bbq pork spare ribs and a quarter of roast chicken. By 10pm we were all absolutely shattered and fell sleep nicely.
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