USA Adventures of Steve & Bronni 2008 travel blog

Desert Flowers

Desert Flowers

Peaceful forest scene

Mammoth Mountain Ski Village

Gull Lake

Gull Lake

Gull Lake

Gull Lake fresh water trout

Gull Lake

Silver Lake

Tufa at Mono Lake

Tufa at Mono Lake

Our camp site at Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Peaks at the end of the second lake

Pebbles in the water at Twin Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day 30 Monday 12th May, Sierra Nevada Mountain Range (Northern End)

Our journey today continued northward along 395 towards Reno. Travelling in this part of the country you have to go over mountain passes in excess of 7,000’ and today was no exception (not a problem with a car, but can be a slow trip with the our RV).

We had a few side diversions, with the first to Crawley Lake and then Mammoth Lake which we happened to miss, but came across Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort which was just as interesting, looked very trendy with plenty of accommodations for skiers.

Our next diversion was along 158 to lakes June, Gull, Silver and Grant, all within a few miles of each other. The gem was Gull Lake nestled at the foot hills of snow capped mountains. A Mecca for trout fishing, the water was so clear at the marina, you could see the trout swimming around (waiting to be fed some pellets) plus you could camp right beside the water’s edge.

The largest lake in the area, Mono Lake, had some interesting formations called Tufa in and out of the water. The look like a stalagmite rising out of the water (the one out of the water were originally in the water, but the lake level has dropped so much that some are now out of the water. Tufa is calcium carbonate: salty lake water (carbonates) + fresh water springs (calcium) = Tufa (calcium carbonate).

Our final destination for the day is Twin Lakes, about 10-15 miles west of Bridgeport, another beautiful lake(s) at the base of majestic snow capped mountains, blue skies and sunshine; all go together to make a gem of a location to spend some time and relax. Once again we have a beautiful mountain stream running passed our back door and a 100 metre walk to the lake.

I think the Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges with its lakes and snow capped mountain peaks equal those of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.



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