After yesterday’s relatively freeway direct and straightforward route, today’s started with getting out of Sacramento as a group and from city streets to country roads. Not as easy as you would think! This was Joe and Rosemary’s maiden voyage as leaders on this trip, and they did a great job.
Our route did some back tracking through Gold Country so we drove through Angel’s Camp and other mining towns before getting onto 120 east to Yosemite. Unfortunately, we met up with another road striping crew and ended up with a VERY slow stretch at one point. We also found out that Groveland is not a point on a map but extends along a large portion of 120, all the way to the entrance to Yosemite. So the lunch stop at Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland was 25 miles further on than we expected. Rush Creek Lodge is a 2 year old resort just a mile from the Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite and considers itself a contender with Tenaya Lodge at the south entrance. It was very nice and deserves consideration as a stop on a future trip. We drove through Yosemite, but did not go down into the Valley, just mainly along the Tioga Road and over the Tioga Pass. It still takes 1 1/2 hours without traffic, which was not the case for mid-day on a Friday in June. We stopped for a photo op at Tenaya Lake, but were beginning to reach the end of our energy on Day 11 of a road trip, so headed downhill to 395 and south to Bishop and our favorite stop, the Creekside Inn.
Habit forces us to take a dip in the pool and then walk over to Whiskey Creek for dinner, back for coffee and warm cookies by the creek and early to bed. We will all head out whenever we choose in the morning. Schat’s Bakery opens at 6am so that might be a deciding factor. We will all see the rest of the COTV gang at the picnic on Sunday.
Pics from Darlena & Curt