Visiting Frozen Tenaya Lake

Yesterday Kathleen and I visited Tenaya Lake in the Tioga Pass area of Yosemite National Park. The weather has been odd this season. While it’s been quite cold at the higher elevations, there’s been virtually no precipitation yet, so the lake has frozen over but it is still easily accessible.

Tenaya Lake (frozen)

The ice is easily 8 inches or more think in most places, so lots of folks were out wandering around. She wrote up a posting with more pictures on HowToEatAndLive: Walking on Tenaya Lake.

I had a blast sliding around on the lake! At times like this it really pays to live nearby.

Given the rarity of these conditions, we may not be able to do this again for another 10 years or more. And it’s good that we went when we did. The weather is starting to change–headed for a more seasonal mix of cold and rain/snow.

Lots of pictures, including some really cool ice shots she took, are in my Tenaya Lake album on Picasa.

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly a Flight Design CTSW and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.
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