Drove quick down to the Mono Lake South Tufa's and was out the door the second the tires came to a stop. Literally had about 3 minutes to setup as the color intensified.
THEN, I did something incredible...
I left Mono Lake and drove home back to the bay area...over Tioga Pass...on January 2nd...last time Tioga was open this late in the season was 1976!
Driving over Tioga and seeing Tenaya lake totally frozen over, and people ice skating, was pretty cool.