It had been 8 years since we visited one of our favorite places on the planet, the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Spectacular peaks crown the western rim of the vast Owen Valley on one of the great drives in the United States.
We had booked access to Yosemite National Park, entering it from the east so we could drive the famed Tioga Pass. That thin line at mid mountain is the Pass, heading east.
It was our first time to see fresh snow in Yosemite. In good years it becomes a winter wonderland, though we are not inclined to put chains on the tires and drive into the mountains.