Tenaya Lake Beauty - Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, California

While Yosemite Valley attracts the most visitors to this National Park, Tioga Road has quite the number of attractions spaced further apart. The old gold rush quote, "There's gold in them thar hills," might be an apt description. Mike Louthan and I spent a few days in Yosemite before heading to Lee Vining to join Jeff Clow's Mono Lake Photo Tour. One of our great friends, Bobby Strader, was getting in and we asked him if he wanted us to pick him up in town and head to Tioga Road. 

We had great late afternoon light and we ended up spending some significant time at Tenaya Lake, pictured here. The opposing granite rock formations Polly Dome (left), Medlicott Dome (center) and Tenaya Peak (right) began to take on a golden glow as we stood along the dark lakeshore. It was a very nice beginning to our Mono Lake adventures and gave Bobby his first glimpse of Yosemite.