17.02.2007 22 °C
I've been coming to Mammoth before i can remember; probably like 23 years or so. It's the superb ski destination in california with a bit of compitition from Tahoe. This trip is a little special to me because its the first time i've been to Mammoth in the summer.
We arrive in Mammoth right passed June Lake which is another killer destination, for skiing, camping, fishing, backpacking but a bit mellower, and we automatically do some stream fishing. i can't remember the name of the river right now but i know it was the upper part beacause the lower part...ahhhh got it upper owens river! we fish that with some sucess and then retire into town at a locals house for some horseshoes. These mountain boys thought they were good until they met us the beach boys. We play horse shoes religoulsly at the beach every sunday during summer so we not to bad. We gave them a spanking they won't 4get soon. I told then to practice and we'll give em a shot at the title next year haha.
I talk the boys out of the pub for once and into the hot springs! believe it or not i've never been to a hot springs. We hop in one and it was amazing. There are at least 7 free natural springs in mammoth alone and a great sight to see especially at night. the stars were out and it was magical.
These guys i was with also wanted to get a cheap motel for the night but i brought my tent and wanted to camp. luckily the motel was sold out and we got to camp! so we just headed off away from the hot
springs a bit and picked out a nice little spot in the middle of no where it felt like. There are defininetly bears in this territory because i've spotted them many times in previous winter trips. We have 3 guys all together and my good friends i and were going to sleep in the tent and his brother in the car. So first thing his brother does is throw all the food trash out of the van, so he's safe, and put it about 10' from our camp. We yell at him but he just turns over and starts snoring. haha. We don't worry to much about it until we start hearing heavy heavy footsteps. I'm talking about stick breaking footsteps. All we have in the tent is a couple flashlights and knifes and our shaky feet in our boots. The noise finally disperses. It comes back 2 more times but nothing serious until about 3a.m, I was snoozing dreaming about god know what probably pamela anderson when my buddy frantically wakes me..."Do you hear that!" he states." ya bro i hear it." It was the same noise we have been hearing just really close like it was almost scratching the tent. "do you hear it breathing" and mind you he's sitting up with the knife in his hand ready to go rambo on the black bear. "ya, i hear it i replied stating to get worried." I then get up and start shining the light everywhere outside the tent hoping to scare it. It soon left and we calmed down a bit and started to fall back alseep. In the next 10 minutes it started raining. Guess what, we had no rain cover for the tent! i took this tent to baja mexico 2 weeks previous and lost my rain flap for the tent so we were getting dumped on by this storm. our heads and feet were fine it was just our torso getting wet. What feels like an eternity from 3am-6am finally passes and we hop up 1st light and get the hell outta dodge. It was a stressful night with animals hopping all over and the rain to add to boot. We start driving out of the woods and we see local runners and residents chopping up downed trees for firewood when next thing you know we get a flat! So we crank up the music and play mechanics for a bit until we finish the job and we can finally eat breakfast. There are a ton of good places to eat up there but we chose to eat at Schatts a famous pastry shop. you have to try the bread here it epic. I like the cheese jalepeno bread yumm, good sandwiches too.
We next went fishing up at the twin lakes..Lake Mary and Lake george. It was a bit crowded with fisherman and hikers alike. We barely pulled up 4 fish between 5 of us. Not a very am of fishing. We then leave for home and stop by one more fishing hole along the way but no luck so we venture back home to ou casas!
If you stop by June which is a very small town you have to stop by the bar called the Tiger Bar..Very cheap drinks and friendly people. Hit me up if you need extra info on this area i know it very well. thanks for reading...