We haven’t done any family vacations lately, and by lately I mean since like high school Lake Almanor or Oregon Coast trips. So we took a few days to go up to where my sister Valerie lives in Mammoth Lakes. It was nice to see where she lives and works. It is a gorgeous place with way too many things to do winter or summer. You can mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, high altitude training, waterski, ski, snowboard, camp, rock climb, and so much more. It is the ultimate outdoorsy town. Beautiful scenery everywhere you looked, even the drive up was beautiful.
We took a gondola ride up to 11,000 feet to Mammoth Mountain where they normally drop off snowboarders and skiers, now dropping hikers and bikers. We walked around checking out the spectacular views from all angles, there was even a little snow left on the ground. We got down and had a drink at the lodge and watched kids climb an outdoor rock wall.
We also took a walk around a fault line that stretches quite a ways through the area. You can walk up to it and see where the earth parted during an earthquake. Kinda scary standing next to where the earth opened up like a big mouth and could swallow you if it wanted.
We also got to go relax on one of the many lakes in the area. There were so many dogs Pula was in heaven. The water was cool but we had to get in, some of us more anxious than others. It felt good to just bask in the sun and relax. Exactly what vacation should feel like.