P1120889A poor nights sleep at the Rainbow Tarn, mostly I suspect due to the altitude - 7,000+ feet - but the pillows had seen better days as well. Breakfast however was excellent, Brock and Diane made us feel most welcome.
The I395 took us North again to Lee Vining where Mary was able to buy a couple of books on water colours and we refilled with the most expensive petrol of the trip so far. (Last stop before the national park and all that).
The Yosemite is both magnificent and busy. We drove through the Tioga Pass (closed after the first snow, there was a little on the ground under the trees so quite soon then) and then up the Yosemite valley. Fantastic. The park ranger at the gate noted that we were from NZ with a “Go All Blacks” which started the trip well.
Finally we drove out to Mariposa for a quick snack (muffins) and coffee and then north through thousands of acres of fire blacked hills. Huge devastation.

P1120946Stopping at Murphys was a bit of a gamble but the motel is modern and clean, dinner at Alchemy Market and Cafe was excellent with a drink afterwards at the Lucky Penny Public House. An interesting chat about US politics. We’d promised not to do that but the bar man made us, luckily he agreed even introducing us to his mother.

Just before we got to bed we had a couple of texts about the alarm at home going off which is hard to deal with from here..... all seems to be under control fortunatly.