An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
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Cali-Thorn-ia Adventure - Yosemite (Part 2)

Here's where we finally get to the Hetch Hetchy Dam

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First we managed to make a stop at the Ahwahnee Hotel and take a looksie. Here's the view from the back patio
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And here's what it looks like on the inside. OooOoOoOoo rustic!
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Back to the scenery...
Hetch Hetchy Lake is actually a valley that was just as big and just as beautiful as Yosemite Valley that they flooded and put a dam up. The lake is protected so that no one is allowed to even touch it, and the water there is extremely blue and clear, and insanely deep (Imagine flooding Yosemite Valley and that's about how deep it is). John Muir tried to preserve the valley but unfortunately was unsuccessful and they ended up flooding it anyways. He died shortly after, perhaps from grief of losing a natural beauty?

Here's what it looked like before the dam was built


And here's what it looks like now:
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Look how clear that water is!
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And of course the ride home was beautiful too...
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But not complete without scads of blurry deer
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Next up, photos from Tahoe!
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