We left wherever we were ... I forget ... oh yeah, Fairfield, California, and headed off to Yosemite.
We were headed to Yosemite National Park. Entering on the west side. I had planned on taking hwy 12 south from Fairfield, just southwest of Sacramento, then picking up 49 at San Andreas, then heading east on 120 at Chinese Camp to Yosemite Village. Being the navigator, I am imbued with certain powers - powers which I can wield in any way I see fit. After studying my maps, I issued an executive decision. We weren't going directly to Yosemite Village to enter Yosemite on the west. We would be taking Highway 49 south, then take Highway 108 East, traveling through Sonoro Pass in Toiyabe National Forest to skirt around the northern edge of Yosemite, through Stanislaus National Forest. Then I'd be taking 395 South to Lee Vining for the night. After that, it's Highway 120 East, backtracking across Yosemite, then south on to Yosemite Village. I'm so glad I did this. First, some maps so you can get a feel of the general area.
Toiyabe National Forest is located in Nevada and California. Cut and paste the following to see where highways 108, 120, and 395 are (If you're so inclined): http://www.sierranevadaphotos.com/geography/roads/index.asp For some reason, I couldn't link it properly.
Toiyabe National Forest, with 4.3 million acres, is the largest national forest in the 48 contiguous states. Yosemite National Park. I'll shut up now so you can enjoy the pictures.
Approaching Lee Vining, California, and Lake Mono: