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2005 Mammoth Lakes Trip

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Monday, October 24th
Tenaya Lake

For variety, I decided to drive down Old Mammoth Road instead of going down Lake Mary Road. As we got closer to town, we saw lots of construction work near a golf course, and rows and rows of cookie cutter homes. Somewhat similar to how Queenstown (New Zealand) is growing. Except that Mammoth looks like it has room to grow.

On the way back, we stopped at the canyon near the base of Tioga Pass Road. There's a side road with a sign for a power plant, and the road leads up toward a campsite, with aspens all along the road. Unfortunately most of them were either completely bare or well past peak. There were one or two small stands of decent color, but nothing worth stopping for. A couple weeks earlier probably would have been great. Also, if what you want is a picture, your best bet may be to stop at one of the many pullouts on the way down (they're on the right side coming down), and take a picture from above. Just be careful to keep your eyes on the road and not the trees below as you drive.

Unlike the long wait at the park entrance we'd endured in June last year, we breezed right on through. We stopped at Tenaya Lake for lunch. For a brief time, we had the entire beach by the picnic tables all to ourselves. A few other people came by later, but it never felt at all crowded. Just a handful of other picnickers. It was almost like having the whole park to ourselves. The weather, as it had been the entire trip, was beautiful, with bright sunshine and temperatures in the 60's.

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

After enjoying lunch by the lake, we continued along the road, making it back to the Bay Area in just a little over 5 hours of driving.


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