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the other side

On the other side of the pass I am presented with a landscape that I could have never imagined. I drop effortlessly 3000 feet down into the valley on the west of the Sierras feeling like I am suddenly on another planet. People had talked to me of the high desert and I realise now that I had no idea what to expect.

The road drops down 3000 feet to Lee Vining in about eight miles. Joy!

The road drops down 3000 feet to Lee Vining in about eight miles. Joy!

Mono Lake sits at the bottom of the mountains.

Mono Lake sits at the bottom of the pass.

Owens Valley runs between two mountain ranges: the Sierra Nevada to the west and the Inyo Mountains to the east.

A long valley runs between mountain ranges: the Sierra Nevada to the west and the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains to the east.

A totally different landscape - the valley is arid, sitting in the rain shadow of the mountains to either side.

A totally different landscape - the valley is arid, sitting in the rain shadow of the mountains to either side.

A different world.

A different world.

My destination for the day is June Lake where I will stay with Doris and John, who I contacted through Warm Showers, initially to ask advice about crossing the Tioga Pass. I arrive at around six o’clock just in time for a dinner of excelled home baked pizza. Doris is an enthusiastic cook and baker and has clearly spent a good part of the day whipping up a storm.

Over dinner, which we share with a couple of their friends, I tell Doris and John that I would like to backtrack to Mono Lake the following day because I didn’t really have a chance to explore. They are quick to offer another nights hospitality and are keen to take me on a day trip to see some of the highlights of the area.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Lucie | November 9, 2009 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Anna! I can’t keep my eyes open any more to read your new posts, but I can see you made it! You climbed on the Tioga Pass – congratulations! The pictures are amazing. The colors and brightness! I love them. Be healthy and happy!

  2. anna | November 9, 2009 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Lucie, it’s great to know you are still following my progress. I hope all is well back in Prague. xx

  3. Lucie | November 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anna! All is well, the fall is grim so I like to see your pictures full of autumn sun. I feel like I definitely work too much, and need some time off, to think about what I want to do next, and what to focus on. I am too dispersed into all directions. But that’s rather for an e-mail. Will write to you shortly. Hodne stesti!

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