We still had some places to visit before we could call off the vacation, so firstly had a fulfilling breakfast buffet at the Mountainside Grill leaving no room for lunch, so we had enough strength to explore. 🙂 The potato salad was so good.
Our first destination was Bodie Ghost town, the name itself was intriguing. We stopped at Mono Basin visitor center to learn more of the lake, the tufas and its salt content etc.
Then we were on our way to the ghost town, which was pretty far and some part of the road was patchy too, but were simply beautiful. I must include those road pics.
Finally reached the town, and it was so interesting. We spent more than an hour looking around, its history is amazing, do read more here. In short, gold was discovered here in the 18th century, and after the boom, came the decline. People left their houses, vehicles, business etc as is and fled, making it deserted and hence the name.
Then we came across one of my favorite places, the meadows. We stopped at one of the bigger ones, the Tuolumne meadows, which was so dreamy. There was a spot for the soda springs, then the river, the serenity, and ofcourse the deers. I’ll better let the pictures do the talking.
Next we passed through the awesome Tioga Pass road, the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada. We made stops at Olmsted point which gave a new view of the Half Dome and then the lovely Tenaya lake.
And with that, we bid adieu to Yosemite and reached home sweet home very tired by night and only the spicy hot chicken curry with plain rice could rejuvenate us. 😛