Sunday, July 25, 2010

Camping in Mammoth Lakes, California

At the end of December 2009 I thought it would be easy to make camping reservations.  It wasn't.  After two hours of searching, finally went with the only reservation I could get:  a group campsite.  Chalk it up to the 2008 recession; camping reservations were, and continue to be, challenging to come by.
The ten campers (and two locals) ended up having a great time.  June Lake is the warmest of the lakes in the area, and we spent time swimming and soaking up sunrays (and some Summer rain) in the picture-perfect setting.  
My childhood friend lives near Mammoth Lakes, so she gives us great advice.  She mentioned a place to get ideal pies at Rock Creek Resort.  The must-order-ahead fresh nectarine pie and a fresh strawberry pie were served in large slices per couple.  Nearly everyone said they couldn't possibly eat the pie, but only scraped-clean plates returned.  I had a bite of nectarine and it was juicy, sweet, fragrant and luscious.  Sweetened cream and a crisp, flaky crust only added to our enjoyment.
Couples took turns making a breakfast and dinner each, the food outstanding.  We all pitched in and helped create marvelous meals.  One night we had South Carolina BBQ chicken sandwiches, and another night we ate salad nicoise, etc.  Big gourmet breakfasts started our violet vacation days (yogurt with berries and granola, pictured above).

With friends, we sat in Wild Willie's Hot Spring and cooled off in Convict Lake.  Four of the guys hiked up around Horseshoe Lake, got lost when they didn't see the proper signs, and ended up walking 15 miles without enough water.  We said that they really should have brought along a girl as we would have complained before they became lost, or would have navigated correctly.  
Hubby and I woke extremely early one morning to see the sunrise and to take a photo at Little Lakes Valley.  On the trail, a woman suggested McGee Creek in late June for wonderful wildflowers.  The heavy rain season caused wondrous wildflowers.
It was a treat driving back and forth through Yosemite National Park.  We purchased a park pass, and plan to visit Hetch-Hetchy and Tuolumne Meadows again, soon.  
Next year's camping trip:  Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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