These are pictures taken during their trip covering Death Valley, Bishop, Mono (pronounce mow-no) Lake, Genoa (pronounced GENerator-OH-AH), Reno, Donner Pass, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite Park, and Tehachapi Pass Loop. Keep in mind that these pictures were taken in the later part of May.

Death Valley was very different from his last visit there. There was immense vegetation, and the salt area/lake area was vast, immense and certainly spread out so much more than his last visit due spring run off. The temperature that day was 105.

The completely new visiting area at Bad Water.

This shows the valley looking northwest up the valley from Bad Water

Starting with Death Valley, for the next four days, he could see snow typical of the mountains seen as he was leaving Bishop. This is the view of the snow covered mountains just west of downtown Bishop looking southwest on Main street at sunrise and the view looking northwest of the mountains as one leaves Bishop.

A panorama view of Mono Lake. Mono Lake is at least 760,000 years old making it one of the oldest lakes in North America. Mono lake was in danger of drying up, but environmentalists (and lawyers) have succeeded in allowing the level of the lake to refill. Many of the salt spires that were very visible and not underwater are now under water or barely stick out above the water. When the water level was much lower there used to be a natural land bridge from the shore connecting Negit (ne-jit) and Paoha (pa-o-ha) islands.

He went back to Lake Tahoe again. At sunset he went to the beach to watch the sun set over the mountains. The drive around Lake Tahoe is approximately 74 miles.

The Carson Pass Scenic Byway was the route taken to go from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite.
Silver lake along Carson Pass National Scenic Byway is one of the places Bruce stopped at.

This panorama view of mountain ranges was typical of the scenery along the Carson Pass National Scenic Byway.

Bruce spent the entire day there sightseeing and hiking. It was a beautiful day.
Bruce in front of Cascade Falls. Cascade Falls is the first water fall one encounters when entering from the northwest on New Big Oak Flat Road.

View from the walking path approaching Bridal Vail Falls. It was very wet walking to and in the area of Bridal Vail Falls. The mist was very heavy in the area and there was running water on the pathway.

Pictures taken on the walkway returning from the base of lower Yosemite Falls.

View of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.

View from the valley floor looking east back into the valley. Half Dome Rock is the prominent feature on the right.

Pictures looking back into Yosemite Valley with the Merced River running in the center of the valley taken from a scenic overlook on the way to Glacier Point. That is Bridal Vail Falls on the right side.

These are a collection of pictures of the Yosemite Valley taken from Glacier Point.

This is a panorama view of Yosemite Valley and the mountains northeast of Yosemite Valley. Prominent features are pointed out in the picture below.

This is a plaque that points out the various scenic items of interest seen in the picture above.

These pictures are looking down upon the floor of the valley. The river in the left picture is the Merced River and Mirror Lake is seen in the center of the picture on the right.

The panorama of the mountains south and east of Yosemite Valley. This picture shows the twin falls Nevada Falls (upper) above Vernal Falls (lower) and the Yosemite Valley floor at the bottom of the picture.

On the way down from Glacier Point, he stopped at a snow covered meadow. The snow looked thick but was soft and one had to be careful how and where they walked. Bruce with the dogs.

The friend that Bruce was traveling with fell down in the snow. Bruce could not get the camera fast enough to take the picture while his friend was on her rear end.

The boys in the front seat as they return home.