This is a very rare event where you ice skate on Tenaya Lake. The road is usually closed due to snow and the lake is snow covered. This year has no snow and low temps enabling the lake to freeze. The ice was 4 to 3" thick.
3rd photo is skating on Dana Fork
They have been hard at work making the ice at the Curry Village Ice Rink. They work through the night out there with hoses spryaing layer after layer till it is built up enough to drive the Zambonie which can then lay down layers.
Yosemite Valley was crisp and beautiful today and we ran into a long line, 15 minutes, at the Hwy 140 Entrance Station at 12:30.
Once inside Yosemite Valley it was not to crowded and there were no traffic jams.
I went for a little hike yesterday and ended up at the most amazing grotto I have ever seen. It is a huge overhanging cliff dripping wet that bathes the plants below. I think this grotto is seldom visited as there was no sign of people, no trails, and no trash.
The sky does not get any clearer or blue than what one will find in Yosemite's High Country right now. The last storm really cleared the air and with no campfires or control burns going it is crisp and clear.
There is lots of snow in the shady areas while out in the sun it was quite warm. All services are closed in Tuolumne but gas is still available by credit card.
This photo was taken in Tuolumne Meadows yesterday and show snow covered Unicorn Peak on the left with Cathedral Peak on the right
A very unusual fall storm rolled through last night bringing lots of rain and snow down to 6,000'. Today has seen bouts of rain with sunshine.
The Tioga Pass and glacier Point Roads are closed at this time.
Took these yesterday morning on Hwy 120 the Tioga Pass Road of the Tamarack Fire. This is a lightning caused fire that NPS is letting burn and in the last several days it has come right up to the road.
These were taken at 4:30am and it was cold and the wind was howling. It was quite a experience listing to the wind and flames.
I visited one of the sites where there is a lightning caused fire, just one of the many burning through out the park from all the storms. This one was burning very slowly as there is not much fuel. One can also see the strike on the tree and the blown up top is all over the ground.
At Porqupine Creek Trailhead a recent strike at the parking area blew out some tires, popped some airbags and fried the electronics on some cars.