Tioga Road

It’s gotta be tough being a paved highway at nearly 10,000 feet in the mountains. Every spring, heavy snow plows come along to dig a path through your blanket of snow. Then more heavy machines with massive steel shovels come along to scrape off the ice, gouging your asphalt and grinding their tire chains into you with every sharp turn. Before the pass even opens, you’re all scarred and scratched, and looking like a mess.

Earlier this summer, I drove toward Tioga Pass from Lee Vining, parked where the road was closed above Tioga Lake, and walked the last half mile or so to the Yosemite National Park entrance.  The road was clear, but still closed due to avalanche hazards west of Tenaya Lake.  The mountains were postcard-glorious, the sky was deep blue, and the light off the snow was blinding.  Even with sunglasses I had to look down at the road for a while, because the light was so intense. And I became intrigued with the rough scarring of the pavement and lane lines by the very recent snow and ice removal.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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