Seven Weeks Across America
As we left Nevada, we decided to skip Death Valley National Park. It was hot - very hot - and that park does not offer electricity at its campground. We figured we'd just be miserable, so we changed the plan. The fastest way to our next stop, Sequoia National Park, was to drive Tioga Road through Yosemite. However, that put us looking for a campground near Yosemite in the evening, which is a near-impossible score. Luckily, our route took us through the Inyo National Forest. It was beautiful in the late evening light. As we neared Mono Lake we found a spot to boondock (that's camping legally somewhere other than a campground - our national forests are great for this). We found welcome relief from the heat. And it was the cheapest night of the trip (free!) and put us in a great spot to hit Tioga Pass early the next morning. Though I have to say, there is no good time to try to get through Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite, on a weekend. We sat in traffic for at least an hour to get through the gate, but at least the view was lovely. If you like meadows, then Tioga Road is one of the prettiest drives you can take.