Take Me To The Mountains: Mammoth Lakes, Pt. 1

Hi everyone! I had a crazy weekend, taking some time to visit my favorite location in the Sierra Mountains, Mammoth Lakes. I have posted about this wonderful town before as I’ve taken a trip in the past two years, one time with Whit and another by myself, and it is always worth posting about. I mean, how could you not love to look at something like this!?

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We did a lot of things in the 4 days we were there for sure! I was exhausted by the time i got home, one top of the fact that I wrote a paper for school while I was there AND had to study for a quiz which I had to take as soon as I got home! Yikes!

We made our way up through the desert and sadly weren’t able to visit Manzanar because of the government shut down…my Mom likes to visit the museum, as do the rest of us, to learn about the experience both my grandparents and their families went through during WWII and going to the internment camps.

mammoth 039 We did stop at my favorite bakery on the way up, Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop…so I could get my favorite treats and bread…and become only vegetarian and not vegan for the weekend. :)

mammoth 049 mammoth 066 mammoth 067 mammoth 071I live for their lemon and shortbread chocolate chip cookies! I am not normally a crispy cookie kind of gal, but these I make an exception for! My brother got a tub of their normal shortbread cookies I’ve been eating since I was a little kid and snuck in a few of those too…tasty!

We chilled out Friday night to acclimate (ok really, just Whit) to the altitude change but had great adventures planned for Saturday!

We decided to visit a place none of us had been to in about 20 years called Bodie State Park, an old ghost town out in the flats east of the Sierra’s!  I have pictures of this place from when I was a little little kid, of my cousins and I running around getting all creeped out by the degrading buildings and items literally left on the tables in houses, like the people had just been there for breakfast!

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There are a variety of different buildings still standing on the property, which used to house up to 10,000 people when the town was booming back in the late 1800′s, early 1900′s.

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The town is a bit of a drive from the main highway, and off a dirt road, but I think it was well worth the drive. It’s amazing to me that people could live out here in the harsh environment of the foothills near the Sierra’s, but when I think about it, towns like this used to exist literally everywhere that now house metropolitan cities! Crazy!

mammoth 104 mammoth 117 mammoth 118 mammoth 120 mammoth 122 mammoth 124We were trying to decide while we were walking around if we had made this up or not, but when we were kids we remember being told that if we took anything from Bodie that the ghosts would follow us home and haunt us, but I think it was a ploy from our parents to keep us from taking anything. Certainly worked as we were still talking about it during this trip!

mammoth 128 mammoth 150 mammoth 152 mammoth 158 mammoth 164 mammoth 166Are you officially creeped out yet? I know I was while I was there! I’m sure you can see that many of these pictures have reflections in them, and it’s because most of the photos were taken through windows. It’s pretty scary when you first look into the window because you never know what you’re going to see, and I’m always afraid I’ll see something that I’m not expecting!

mammoth 173 mammoth 155 mammoth 187 mammoth 194 mammoth 204 mammoth 210It was interesting to walk around and learn all abut the different buildings throughout the park. I remember some of them, but most I forgot! There were back stories about the almost daily murders in the town and how many people would say, “Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie“.  Pretty crazy, right?! So much to see there though! And so much cooler than I remember it, since I last week in the summer high!

On the way back we stopped at a lookout to see Mono Lake, an interesting lake and closed also because of the government shutdown! Arg! I love this lake because it is a huge migratory pocket for birds and it’s just so interesting!

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We left the Mono Basin and went to see the lakes in the June Lake Loop, which include Grant Lake, Silver Lake, Gull Lake and June Lake. All the lakes were low this year, which is to be expected with the lack of snowfall/rain in the past two years. It’s pretty devastating for this part of the country!

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We heard about a Beer Festival at Gull Lake and stopped there for a little bit to see what was going on. They had some microbreweries there from Mammoth but many were from where we are from, so not much to experience. Was pretty though!

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We headed out to June Lake, a childhood favorite for my Mom, as that’s where she spent many years fishing and swimming with her family! I love it here too, and found that out part of the movie Oblivion is filmed here!

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It was a long day and you can bet we were all exhausted by the time we got home!

I can’t wait to tell you all about our fishing experiences on Sunday! But that’s for another post! I think I’ve overloaded you with pictures for this post!

Anyone been to Mammoth? Where is your favorite mountain spot!?

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3 Responses to Take Me To The Mountains: Mammoth Lakes, Pt. 1

  1. kristaskravings says:

    What a beautiful place! And that ghost town is SO cool!

  2. biz319 says:

    Wow, stunning views! Love it and glad you had such a great time. Sadly, I’ve only been as far west as DesMoines, Iowa – how sad is that??!! I hope to make it to California someday though!

  3. Oh my GOSH I am in HEAVEN reading this post!! Seriously. Between the gorgeous views and all the history, you pretty much have my ideal vacation, haha. I love that you can visit the ghost town and see items still in the houses and stores like they were just there yesterday. So cool! The mountains and lakes are just beautiful. I like Whit’s “hang loose” sign in that one picture by the swings, too. :) Ahhhh so awesome!

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