California Vacation 2011: An Evening in Tuolumne Meadows

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After a day of visiting Mono Lake and relaxing at camp, we decided to spend the evening scoping out wildlife in Tuolumne Meadows.

We packed up the cameras and drove to the meadow after dinner. (Dinner was much improved over the night before, primarily because we made better choices. Jason had a burger and I had the pasta with marinara. In the High Country, simple is better.)

We found our first deer right by the Lodge.

Deer Sighting

And we hit the deer jackpot once we made it to Tuolumne Meadows.

Babies!
Tuolumne Meadows

Minus one fawn. We never did see the second one again.
Tuolumne Meadows

More deer joining the fun. The new buck was a big boy. Jason was impressed.
Tuolumne Meadows

Mama and baby suddenly took off. Not sure why.
Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

The first group of deer wasn’t the only crew in the meadow. Over a little, there was a whole different group hanging out. There were a few more bucks, but they were all pretty small.

Tuolumne Meadows

Hey! Where ya goin’?
Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

Someone was not happy with the new company joining in. The first group we spotted moved in on the second group. We expected a rumble, but nothing major happened.

Tuolumne Meadows

While seeing wildlife was the primary motivation for heading to the meadow that evening, we also enjoyed the effect of the setting sun. The alpenglow was so incredibly beautiful.

Lembert Dome

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

What I didn’t realize is that the sky eventually starts to take on a purplish, pinkish hue. Jason had the camera and I failed to point out the sky to him, so we didn’t get a photo of it. But trust me, it’s incredible.

The only bad part of the evening were the drunk Canadians hanging out just off the side of the road. They were hooting and hollering and generally being obnoxious. Not exactly conducive to the atmosphere of Tuolumne Meadows. They eventually left, but they certainly wouldn’t be the last of the obnoxious drunkards we would encounter on the trip.

I’m excited to do the High Sierra Camps someday. From what I’ve read, the alpenglow is amazing, especially at Vogelsang (the highest altitude camp and one that we were supposed to visit). And I just have to see that sky again.

To close, here’s a little clue to my next post…

Lembert Dome

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One thought on “California Vacation 2011: An Evening in Tuolumne Meadows

  1. iris

    Tiny, tiny little mule deer. The only male we saw was near Village Center, but the does and fawns were everywhere throughout the Valley. Not afraid of people at all. I’m not really sure if that’s good or bad.

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