Johnson 2017 Western Trip travel blog

George Lake above Mammoth Lakes

Marina on Lake Mary above Mammoth Lakes

Bennett Lake

Waterfalls off the mountains into Lake Mary

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

Some folks were in 4th of July spirit on the mountain

Skiing and snowboarding in shorts

Lake June

Pumice fields south of Lee Vining

We drove south the Mammoth Lakes today. The town was crowded as were all the lakes. Snow was everywhere! We had wanted to see Devil's Postpile, but the road there is still covered with ice, snow, and downed trees. The Forest Service says that it might be cleared by the end of July! We drove to some of the mountain lakes above the town. We hiked to one lake, but were interrupted from going further by water rushing over the trail in several places. We could definitely feel effects from the altitude in Mammoth Lakes.

The ski resort is still operating their lift and folks are skiing and snowboarding, many in their shorts. On July 2!

The wildflowers continue to be elusive with the snow staying on the ground so late. We drove on 120W just south of Lee Vining, found the extensive pumice fields from when the volcanoes erupted, but no wildflowers.

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