Following the Stanislaus River: The Sonora Pass
|Magmatic dike cutting across granite.|
We spent a couple nights dispersion camping down the road from Kennedy Meadows next to a babbling brook and some interesting vegetation. We discovered we had set up next to snow plants - which feed off of other trees and plants near by that photosynthesize. Snow plants are essentially a parasitic plant, that still need sugar to thrive, so they siphon it from those who produce it. They're sneaky fungus eating free-loaders, and are pretty dang cute too. By now, they probably have white flowers that have bloomed.
|Beautiful View of Donnell Reservoir.|
|Rugged and beautiful granite carved landscape of Stanislaus National Forest|
|Last light on Stanislaus River cascading into Pinecrest Lake.|