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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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demonvaska From: demonvaska Date: July 21st, 2007 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw all that recently. Gorgeous place. Sometimes I think it should be entirely walled off from visitors.
jaxxblackfox From: jaxxblackfox Date: July 21st, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! That hotel looks awesome inside.... o_o

Though the 'no touchie' rule for a man-made lake is kinda...odd? I mean, it's not even a natural lake full of native wildlife. It's just weird to me I guess... I hate seeing natural settings obliterated by man like that... it must have been so pretty before we messed it up.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 21st, 2007 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
thats my thinking too, i think its a retarded idea but thats where the city of san francisco gets its water. Also i hear there's fish in there that are insanely giant. I still dont understsand the reasoning for flooding it though. I bet it would be awesome to scuba dive in there.
jaxxblackfox From: jaxxblackfox Date: July 21st, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
So what if they get their municipal tap water from there. It should be filtered for use like every other city! Hell... mine gets it's water from Lake Ontario (aka Toilet Lake)... so it's not like you NEED crazy clear water for a city (if that were the case 95% of all cities in the world would be boned!).

Big fish eh? What the hell are the eating in such clear water I wonder. Doesn't look like there are too many areas for aquatic plants to grow in order to sustain a proper food chain... but yeah, I bet it'd be really cool to scuba dive in a place like that.
ungulata From: ungulata Date: July 21st, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in that first picture, isn't the right bank wizzing on the left??

The no touch-em policy probably has to do with runoff (sewage, fertilizers, pesticides) control. Runnoff equals plant food equals blue green algae (pond scum) "blooms". Blue green algae blooms can not only render a lake bereft of oxygen but the poisons released by decomposing blue-green algae is toxic to man and beast alike. So putting a stop clear-cutting, farming, camp grounds and development reduces erosion and nutrient flow to the lake, keeping it blue and pristine. (Blue-green algae and water supply is all over the news here.)
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: July 21st, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
:( now I miss California even more.
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: July 21st, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful place!!! =D

I saw the photos on the previous post too: ... I'm really impressed! I hope to visit US soon!!!

My favourite one is the first, up here (and the half dome in the previous post ... of course )

hellhound From: hellhound Date: July 22nd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, those pictures are amazing. My favorite is the first one. I would love to visit that place some day.
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