Summer 2013: Sierras, Cascades & Rockies travel blog

Canyon wall of granite rock


Fisherman in float waders

Cone of Jeffrey Pine - similar to Ponderosa


We departed Boulder Creek RV Resort at Lone Pine, CA about 10:30 am, traveled north 103 miles on US 395 and arrived at the Mammoth Lakes RV Park about 12:30 pm June 10th.

Mammoth Lakes is located at 7800 ft elevation and we appreciated the difference in temperature; highs in the low to mid 80s versus low 100s. We set up, had lunch and I had my afternoon nap.

We made outings two days while at Mammoth Lakes. (The photos and narratives for these outings are provided in the subsequent entries to our travel journal.) The third day we played mini-golf and rested.

June 11th: First, we explored several lakes located in a mountain basin above the town. Next we studied a fissure created by an earth quake. Then we journeyed north to Mono Lake on Us 395 with a side tour of the June Lake Loop.

June 13th: We visited Devil’s Post Pile National Monument in the morning and rode a gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain late in the afternoon.

Brian’s asthma was not aggravated by the high altitude. He experienced some shortness of breath due to the increase in elevation which lasted about 2 days. There was also some distress due to the cold temperature when we stopped at the View Point on the way to Devil’s Post Pile early the morning of June 13th. And, although he noted some shortness of breath at the top of Mammoth Mountain, he was not functionally impaired.

We depart Mammoth Lakes for Carson City, Nevada June 14th.

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