Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yosemite (part 1)

We're staying 5 miles from Yosemite and it's beautiful here.  On Friday we took the bike up to Hetch Hetchy to see the reservoir and take a short hike.  The first phase of the dam was finished in 1923.  The water from the reservoir supplies San Francisco 167 miles away.  It was planned after the 1906 earthquake when there wasn't enough water, and 4 square miles of San Francisco burned.  Since Yosemite was already a national park, there was a lot of opposition (which was led by John Muir).  But practicality won out and the dam was built.
We stopped on the side of the road for lunch at this spot.  Not bad, huh.

From the top of the dam.

Looking down stream where the water shot from a pipe onto the rocks.

The tunnel leading to a hike along the water.

And a similar shot to the first one.  This was taken with my phone using a new HDR app.  What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think I recognize that hat!
    Bet I can locate you anywhere.