California Dreaming: North Fork to Lee Vining

Sunday June 15, 2008 – North Fork to Lee Vining

Our night at the South Fork was interesting. The motel owner actually gave us our money back as soon as we walked in the room and flipped on the air conditioner. When we turned the juice on, it started a loud howling screeeech!!! that sounded like a car with bad power steering. I nearly peed in my pants laughing.  So, while the motel was shall we say “rustic,” it was free. There’s always a silver lining.

With the sun on the ride, the four of us headed off towards Yosemite, where we spent our day.

The dump that is the South Fork Motel

The massive scale and beauty of everything in Yosemite really made me feel like a speck. Amazing.

Yosemite marked one of those moments in time where you almost have to pinch yourself that you are seeing what you’re seeing.

Entrance to Yosemite NP

Me Love Trees Really Really Big Tree Half Dome in Yosemite NP
Fuzzy and Kenny Yosemite The esport crew hanging out in Yosemite Yosemite
Yosemite Yosemite Climbing rocks in Yosemite
Mountains in Yosemite Tioga Pass I cant bear to look

The four of us at the tioga pass exit of yosemite

We exited the park on 108 which dropped us down through the Tioga Pass. At it’s base we found a motel in Lee Vining. The four of us: Kenny, Greg and I shared a nice meal at of all places “Nicely’s”.  We also found time to a hug a grizzly bear and took a ride down to check out the Tufa on the lake.
Mono Lake Sign

The walkway to Mono Lake Mono Lake Tufa Towers in Mono Lake

Shortly after, we wished sad farewell to Novos who bravely faced a 400 mile slab ride back home. He’d already spent more time with us that he’d planned.

I think I missed him before his Aprilia was even out of sight.

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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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