Doggie equivalent of "Are we there yet?"
Driving through Yosemite on Thursday afternoon - the Yosemite Creek lightning ignited fire was burning.
We made it to June Lake where we decided it was time for some doggie swim lessons.
Thor is still getting used to swimming. He seems to like the water but doesn't quite get the doggie paddle thing yet.
He really loves splashing around.
June Lake on a beautiful day.
We stopped by the new June Lake Brewery to try some of their brews. Good Pale Ale - filled a growler for camp that night!
In our campsite at Oh Ridge campground. Thor guards the food from bears.
Thanks for bringing a camp chair for me, mom. Where is yours?
On Friday morning we drove up Rock Creek to the Mosquito Flat Trailhead. David and Thor hiked and fished Little Lakes Valley while I climbed Mt Starr.
The views of Little Lakes Valley on the way to Mono Pass are some of my favorite in the Sierra.
Bear Creek Spire dominates the view.
The little tarns along the trail still have some water despite the dry year.
Trail Junction to Ruby Lake
Ruby Lake from the trail to Mono Pass
Mono Pass is out of view for most of the trail, and you come around a curve and see this. The first time I hiked up here I thought that was the pass. Nope, it's a gentle slope further to the right and out of view.
Looking back from near Mono Pass.
I was surprised to find a snow field still hanging on at Mono Pass.
First peek at Mt Starr. I'll head up there.
You can see a use trail heading up Mt Starr, but it quickly deteriorates and disappears.
Looking back on the tarn at Mono Pass
The only polemonium I saw on the peak (sky pilot)
Close up. mmmm they smell so good!
A peek into pioneer basin.
Looking across mono Pass to Mono Pass peak.
Little Lakes Valley far below. David and Thor are fishing down there.
On the summit ridge. I couldn't figure out which pile of rocks was the summit so I crawled over all of them.
One of the many piles.
Me on what I assumed was the summit. Made it!
Some peak labels from the top of Starr. None on my 'climbed' list yet - there are always more to do!
Did Morgan two years ago - a really nice climb!
Lots more to do this way too! I loved Baldwin, and hope to get Morrison later this summer.
I peeked down the E side of Starr and decided that I could bomb down one of the sandy chutes back to the Little Lakes Valley trail below.
Heading down this side of Starr was a lot of fun, like a dune.
I head to the top of the wide sandy chute.
From here I have the option of dropping into a couple of different chutes. I pick the one to the left of the little bump on this sandy plateau.
No pics from the descent - it was steep but fun to run down the sand! Then I hit the cliff band. I had to do a lot of chimney squeezes and scrambles to get through. This is looking back up one section I just descended.
I grabbed this picture from our climb up Morgan in 2012 and drew a line on my descent chute. It worked with a bit of scrambling.
It was super hot in the valley so we drove into the White Mountains to find a campsite where we could escape the 100 degree temps. We found a terrific dispersed spot for the night.
View from our campsite.
Camp. Nice shade and place for several vehicles.
Thor with a bully stick. He looks like George Burns.
Post peak day dinner. Yummers.
Sunset was beautiful. Thor wanted to participate.