Leaf Peepers

Leaf peeping is an informal term, commonly used in the United States, for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors (Wikipedia)

For the last 2 years in a row, Shaun, Rosco & I have taken late-season camping trips to the Eastern Sierras via Highway 108.  Nearly identical trips, both with one aspiration: find fall color.  The Friday nights we spent on the westside of Sonora Pass, getting in and setting up a quick camp after dark.  We awake Saturday morning and pack up, creep across the pass and head into Bridgeport for a filling breakfast at Hays Street Cafe.  The rest of our weekend is spent cruising around on and off road, sight-seeing (google “Bodie” or “Mono Lake”), looking for the best colored Aspen groves, and enjoying some excellent and well-planned camping meals in quiet and nearly empty campgrounds.

The eastern side of the Sierras is a great place to explore in search of autumn color. A picture says a thousand words, so I’ll summarize the rest of this post with our best pictures from our “leaf peeping” trips of 2010 and 2011.

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