Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada from Granada







Higher up on the west side











At the pass, about 4,000 feet






Looking back from the east, still up high








In the high valley east of the mountains








Ditto












We cross a hill, see a flash in the distance,
and then this large fire; never did find out
what it was about













Castle in the valley foothills












Forest of windmills encroaching another white town































































We have crossed the California Sierra Nevada mountain range many times, even climbed Mt. Whitney way back in 1972. They are much higher, larger, more rugged than their namesake, The Sierra Nevada here in Spain. In winter especially, the Sierra Nevada are an impressive brilliant white backdrop for Granada, and seeing them we decided to risk crossing them en route back to the coast near Almeria. It was a gorgeous drive, superb highway, not all that much snow really, and none on the road. The terrain east of the mountains was equally interesting.

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