Well, maybe not the best ever, but pretty darn good! This is the view out the window, that's Mono Lake down there, near Lee Vining, CA.
Here's the view from the Mono Lake Vista Point at the junction of 395 and 120 West.
Mono Lake is famous for its "Tufa" towers, formed by the interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. They were originally underwater, but the water level dropped dramatically when water was diverted in 1941 to provide for the growing city of Los Angeles. By 1982 the situation was critical, but since then the diversion had been controlled, and the water level is slowly rising.
80 percent of the state's California gull population, up to 60,000 birds, return here each year to nest on the island in the lake.
The entrance to the upper part of Yosemite National Park is just west of Lee Vining, so some exploring was in order. Ellery Lake is just outside the park, and right along the road - an easy shot.
Tuolumne Meadows, with Lembert Dome in the background, is a great place to take a little walk.
I walked up to May Lake, a short but steep hike. That's Mount Hoffmann in the background.
Another shot along the road.
The largest lake along the road is Tenaya Lake.
And this is the view from Olmstead Point. That little bump in the middle is the back of Half Dome, 5 miles away. A sign said that with binoculars, you may be able to see the hikers going up to the top along the cables.
Well, I think my camera is better than binoculars any old day. I didn't have my 20X camera with me, but this was taken with my Canon SX110is, a 10X optical zoom. Can you see the hikers?
Here it is cropped. This hike is so popular that you have to get a permit to go on weekends or holidays. They issue 400 permits a day, and people still get turned away.