Santa came early for me this year and gave me the gifts of Tioga Pass opening, blue Sierra skies with 50F temperatures at 10,000 feet, and not one but two bald eagle sightings in one day. Maybe I was good this year!
After hearing that Tioga Pass reopened yesterday, I dashed up to the high country this morning, wandered around Tuolumne Meadows and then climbed Gaylor Peak. On my drive up the Merced River Canyon near Briceburg, I spotted a bald eagle perched on a tree. I rarely see bald eagles in this area, so imagine my surprise later in the day when another one soared above me while I hiked up Gaylor Peak. The good weather is supposed to continue this week, so I urge you all to take a trip up to Yosemite National Park and drive to Tuolumne to see the winter landscape. For those who can't make the trip, here's a selection of photos I took today. Enjoy!