Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Getaway: Part 1

Over the Labor Day weekend, we headed to the high Sierras, camping at Lake Thomas A. Edison, and dunking at Mono Hot Springs. What a rewarding experience! As many of you know, at one point, Mark and I were pretty set on retiring in Colorado, because we loved the rustic beauty, the weather, and the many outdoor activities. This weekend was a little reminder that we have equally beautiful settings right here in California (above and beyond that little park called Yosemite).

Here is a little map of our trip:

We went so far in, we actually ended up not far from Bishop and Mammoth Pools, on the eastern slope of the Sierras. It was about 2 1/2 hours of mountain driving at its finest--the last 25 miles were single lane winding roads which actually carry two-way traffic. We followed a garbage truck part of the way. After the initial amazement at seeing your routine garbage truck cruising around in the wilderness, we found it very convenient to have him running point on our little caravan. But I don't think you could pay me enough to drive that thing on those dinky roads sketched into the steeply-sloped mountainside!

Here is the view at Mono Hot Springs:

They had natural hot springs for soaking:

And a clean, clear stream for fishing and splashing:

Talk about quality family time! Here's Abigail, with my niece Megan:

And Mae with Casey:

Definitely worth a return trip, if anyone is up for it!


  1. "I wanna go there!"---Maura Kate O'Hara after looking at the photos in your post!