The Sierra Nevada

Snow Chains to Swim Suits

I joke, but it is TRUE that there are snow chains to swim suits packed when hitting I-80 and heading over the Sierras! Just traveling on I-80 is an ADVENTURE and at times ONE WILD RIDE too!

I DO NOT know how the pioneers DID IT when it came to crossing the Sierra Nevada! I-80 is a TEMPEST! You can and probably will experience 4 seasons of weather in one day. You can and probably will experience a rollercoaster of emotions too.

The Wonders of the Sierra Nevada

I recently read an article in Sunset magazine about “The 23 Wonders of the Sierra Nevada”. I was a little in awe of all the places CravesAdventure has traveled to as well as explored and adventured throughout the Sierra Nevada. I experienced 2 new things moving Out West; camping with bears and mountain hiking. I fell head over heels in love with living Out West!

The Sierra Nevada will draw you in, show you its beauty and have you coming back again! It will leave an imprint on your heart and soul and leave you wanting more. The BEST SIGHT TO SEE is its colors; blues, greens, browns to name a few! It has to be experienced in person and you only get a little taste here and there.

  • Yosemite National Park and Hetch Hetchy
  • Bridgeport, California
  • Mono Lake
  • Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park – The Congress Trail and Moro Rock
  • Mount Whitney
  • Mammoth, California – Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Ebbetts Pass
  • Lake Tahoe

Other Places Experienced in the Sierra Nevada

  • Truckee, California and Donner Lake State Park
  • Grass Valley, California and Nevada City, California
  • Murphys, California
  • Bodie State Park

The Sierra Nevada or Snowy Range. The Sierra Nevada runs 400 miles north to south and about 70 miles east to west. I think of Ansel Adams and John Muir. Here are some facts:

  1. Mount Whitney (14,505 ft) is the highest point in the U.S.
  2. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.
  3. Yosemite Valley was carved out by glaciers out of 100 million year old granite.
  4. 3 National Parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
  5. 2 National Monuments – Devils Postpile and Giant Sequoia.

In a way the Sierra Nevada is a TEMPEST too! The Sierra Nevada is unpredictable and ever changing!

Bodie Historic State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park & Ebbetts Pass

Marlette Lake (Tahoe Area)

Mammoth, California

Devils Postpile National Monument

Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park


September 2007

October 2009

Spring 2010

September 2010

Hetch Hetchy

Donner Lake State Park

(Photos by RSheridan)

What Has Been Your Experience(s) with the Sierra Nevada? Love to Hear, Please Share!

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