Summertime to me means road trips, and I'm a big fan of taking off in the car and searching out new destinations. So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to take a quick road trip to the eastern side of the Sierras. I convinced Z to tag along and accompany me to my destination: the friendly high sierra community known as Lee Vining.
Take a look at what turned into an interesting and very picturesque trip to the eastern part of our Golden State...
Our first stop was Jamestown, an old gold mining town near Sonora that has retained it's historical architectural charm. The main street is just a block long and lined with colorful old buildings, some of which actually served as backdrops for Hollywood movies. If you like antiques and shopping, this is the place to visit since it has a number of quaint antique stores and gift shops...
Then we continued along SR 108 through Sonora, Pinecrest, and Dardonelle where there's a fantastic view point overlooking the mountains and reservoir...
The road is very narrow, winding, and steep in places
and reaches an elevation of 9,624 ft. at the Sonora Pass.
Then as you drop down to the eastern side,
the landscape turns into the high desert and is much drier.
U.S. Highway 395 passes through the quaint town of Bridgeport
The we continued south toward Mono Lake.
Before we got to Lee Vining, we took a road
Tufa towers grow exclusively underwater,