After the morning stop at Mono Lake we continued further north on Highway 395. We hiked a bit at Leavitt Meadows and then drove up Sonora Pass Road. On the way back we had late lunch in Bridgeport and then briefly stopped at Dunderberg Meadows again – I was hoping to get better photos of the fall colored Aspens, backlit while the sun was still higher. The sun was a bit too low for that already actually.
We stopped at the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve on the sixth day of our Eastern Sierra Trip. The water was really calm that morning as the wind hadn’t picked up yet.
The clouds that began to move in towards the end of our Red Cones hike looked promising so we went out for sunset. I had fond memories of Dunderberg Meadows and the colorful Aspen trees there. I was hoping to be able to combine them with a colorful sunset!
We spent the day after our 20 Lakes Basin hike more leisurely, at Bishop Creek Canyon, where we encountered plenty of fall colors. They worked well with the bright and sunny day, which really made the trees glow when viewed from the right angle.
Our first excursion during our week in the Eastern Sierra was to McLeod Lake, which lies just 1 mile above Horseshoe Lake. The unusual elevation as well as the cool and very dry air were taking a toll and we didn’t venture much further than the lake itself.
We’re back from a week-long visit to the Eastern Sierra where we did some hiking and day trips based out of Mammoth Lakes. On the evening of our arrival we had an early dinner and then took a walk with Toni at Horseshoe Lake. The sun was setting and we could easily wait for the stars to come out. At Lake Mamie, it was especially nice to see the stars and Milky Way reflect in the calm water.