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Sep 14, 2012 - Elko to Mammoth Lakes

Went from Elko to Battle Mountain, then turned south towards Highway 50 in Austin NV. The Great Basin looks an awful lot the same mile after mile. Took Highway 50 towards Fallon from Austin. Highway 50 is the Loneliest Highway for sure...Near Fallon saw the Sand Mountain, which is literally a mountain of sand in the middle of the desert. Near Fallon crossed the Dixie Valley, which should be renamed something like low flying aircraft valley- US Navy has a facility called the "US Navy Centroid Facility" there and a bunch of ranges. Fallon...

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The Thompson's

Jul 30, 2012 - Fishing was good for one of us!

When we awoke the wind had died down. We got in to Mammoth and set up camp. Packed our supplies, walked to bus #1 and just missed it. Don't you hate when that happens? We talked with a nice old (I mean at least 80 old) about his fishing and bike riding experiences. He used to ride bicentennials. That's 200 miles for those who don't know. He had to stop riding 4 years ago because he hit a pole and woke up 2 weeks later. Didn't know what had happened to him. Robert, don't run into a pole!!!! Got to our favorite fishing hole at Starkweather...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Ski Mammoth

We spent two months at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park, just 10 minutes from the slopes. Mammoth offered a deal that we couldn’t refuse. We bought one month of weekday skiing from Jan 9th through Feb 10th. Sounded like a deal….but it only got better. They added weekends, then more days due to lack of snow, then more days once again to complete the month of February. We ended up skiing for two months on a one month pass. Best part? Our kids bought passes as well so we got to spend lots of time with them on and off the mountain. What a...

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Tales of Blue Aweigh

Jul 31, 2011 - Mono & Mammoth

July 29 – 31. Don’t you love surprises??? Mono Lake and the Mammoth Lakes were never on our radar when we planned this trip and it was only from seeing a poster of Mono Lake that we decided to drive out to this area. Stunningly fabulous and multi FUCKING is all we can say. Do yourself a favour and get out here to experience it for yourself. Mono Lake is heavily salted and has natural structures on and around it called Tufas. We were fortunate to be there when a thunderstorm hit the area and were witness to a great lightning show. The...

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Team GO

Sep 14, 2010 - Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes

The 150 mile drive to Mammoth Lakes was especially beautiful. Miles and miles of mountains surrounded us on all sides. The vista was limitless. The many tones of brown and green were accentuated by the bright yellow Sierra Wildflowers. We passed through several quaint old towns from the 1800's and marveled at their rustic beauty. The highway seemed to float off into the distant blue sky. We finally arrived at Mammoth Mountain RV Park and set up our camp. Nancy Wolf treated us to a most special dinner at Novatos, a highly rated restaurant in...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Sherwin Lakes Hike

Another lovely hiking day to our local Mammoth Mountain area trails. This is our 4th hiking experience and we decided to pull out all the stops and hiked 6.74 miles...according to David's GPS :) The hike was to Sherwin Lakes which is a group of 4 lakes and we visited the 2 largest lakes. The trail was a series of switchbacks as we climbed the 880 feet elevation gain and it was all up hill...whew...gave our legs a good workout and the Cardio's pumping. This hike was different than the hike to Parker Lake as it had more rocky terrain, and...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Parker Lake and Mono Lake Tufa

Today we went on a hike to Parker Lake. Parker Lake is north and west of the June Lake Loop. The hike is 3.8 mile round trip. It is mostly uphill on the way in and downhill on the way back. The elevation gain from the trail head to the lake is about 580 feet. The trail head is about 2 miles off the paved road down a dirt/gravel road that is definitely in need of repair in some areas. We had the Jeep, so no problems except loose filling in the teeth:-) We started out on the trail at 9:00am and were at the lake by around 10:30am. The weather...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Bristolcone Pine Forest

Today we headed off to the Bristolcone Pine Forest outside of Big Pine. This is a forest up 10,000 feet where the Bristolcone Pines grow and are said to be over 4,000 years old and LIVING!! We went from 4,000 feet to 10,000 feet in about 24 miles. The trip up the mountain was REALLY EXCITING. The views spectacular of the mountain ranges. I am collecting the National Park "Stamps" and up at the top the Ranger Station had a lovely Bristolcone stamp. It was a good start to the day. We talked with Ranger "Dave" about the Ancient Pines and...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Snowboarding

We went to get some more snowboarding in and went up to the Main Lodge which is at 9,000 feet hoping the snow would be good. Well....it wasn't. The sun has been out and the snow is melting enough that it's like "peanut butter, slushy, thick, wet" and even at the top it wasn't good. We did a few runs, and decided it wasn't worth the effort to beat the snow. We sat for a minute and headed home. The "girls" are waiting for us at the Condo in their usual manner...relaxing on the bed. Cher is the Black and White, Reba is the Calico. They are...

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May 31, 2010 - Hiking at Mammoth

Well ... today was an adventure! We planned to hike the Mammoth Rock Trail, which passes right under Mammoth Rock and then loops to Sherwin Meadow. Its a 2.5 mile hike that's mostly downhill and considered easy. We were all set: We had the backpack ready with camera water, snacks, maps, GPS, cell phone, we staged the F550 in Sherwin Meadow as our pickup vehicle and then headed up Old Mammoth Road to the trailhead. Problem is that they do not clear snow on Old Mammoth Road clear up to the trailhead, so the road is still closed until the...

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May 29, 2010 - Trip to Bishop, etc...

Headed out to visit Bishop this morning to see what "Mule Days" is all about. We made a couple of stops first: Went to visit the trailer in storage and all seems to be well. We've left the heater on at 38 degrees to keep it from freezing. Also have the water heater on. Also stopped at the Mammoth Lakes Visitor's Center and got a wonderful book on day hikes in the southern Sierras. We are planning to do some trails in the area. Next we stopped in the Lake Crowley/Hilton Creek area at a yarn shop that Kat has had her eye on - "The Green...

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May 28, 2010 - Recovery from Dancing all night

We slept the day through after a LONG NIGHT of DANCING...got up and went for a refreshing walk to get the energy flowing again. We hung out at the condo and when it was time to see the "Girls Band" again...off we were to hear more music. Glad we did cuz they were expecting to see us and more dancing to their awesome music. We had another GREAT TIME with dancing and enjoying wonderful music. They have such a huge range of music they play, excellent singing and all sing and play .....AWESOME!!! Tomorrow we check out Bishop for the "Mule...

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