Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sonora Pass









Yesterday I did a post about the Sonora Pass and our trip going over it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. You can see that post over at desertsandbeyond.blogspot.com. I thought I'd share other photos of the Sonora Pass here. If you haven't been on that road, it is VERY curvy and very steep. We stopped along the way several times to take photos. There was plenty of snow and lots of waterfalls and the Stanislaus River was really flowing! Even with the closure of the Tioga Pass, there weren't many cars on this road (SR 108). There were some spectacular views along the way and there was plenty of snow also (see the photo of the national forest sign). It comes down on the eastern Sierra slightly above Bridgeport, so if you ever need to take an alternate route over the Sierras, this is one option. HOWEVER, I don't believe huge RV's are allowed on it (I could be mistaken), and it would be a very difficult road for a travel trailer. That's because it has some very sharp curves on a very narrow two lane road and some grades are 25%. Personally, I was GLAD when we hit Bridgeport! Oh, and gasoline in Bridgeport was $4.97 A GALLON! That's almost $5.00 a gallon. GOOD GRIEF! Good thing we filled up on the western side of the Sierra! And, once you are on the eastern Sierra side, gasoline is VERY EXPENSIVE!!!! Lee Vining was $4.91 and June Lake was also expensive, but once we got to Bishop, it was about $4.19...which is still very high for the national average (gasoline here in the desert is $3.87 a gallon), so consider that if you are planning a trip to the Sierra. Honestly, I don't know how the folks who rent those travel RV's can afford to pay for their gas!

3 comments:

  1. I really needed those scenes today - thanks! Looks like such a peaceful place to visit. The brilliant light and colors deserve a visit from me, sometime.

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  2. Fantastic photos! Really good job!
    I always like photos with words. Thanks!

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  3. Those mountains (and your shot) are impressive. Seems funny seeing snow when it it 100+ degrees here. Mickie :)

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