Convict Lake Resort
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... that we had stopped at and then realised we had been in a volcano mouth from thousands of years ago. At about 4.30pm we decided to descend and made our way to Devils Polepile, we had to go on a toll road but today we didn't pay as it was a national day, anyway we drove down the mountain a couple of thousand feet and came to a parking area and then on foot followed a path by the river for half a mile or more, which took us to Devils Polepile,
... in the Mono Lake volcano chain to check out Panum Crater.
This was one of the OMG moments - when the magma from the volcano cools VERY quickly it turns into pumice and obsidian. If you don't remember what Obsidian looks like, it is a very striking, shiny black rock that we don't see very often, it is naturally occurring glass. The amazing thing was the mountain was covered in Obsidian in ...
... and we had arrived. The website also said that they can get somewhat busy as there is only one pool but luckily for us there was only one other car on the road. There was a makeshift boardwalk that traversed across sulfur flats about 200 yards right up to a small pool situated in the middle of nowhere. There were 360 degree views of the snow capped Sierra Mountains and it was amazing. We sat and enjoyed the view while talking with the one other ...
... was a life saver, and asked if I would like them to come with me to change the car, as we have had a few problems... and although I had not given it a thought, and was happy to go alone, I knew it would be far easier with them, so I gratefully accepted.
Farewells to Kate as she flies off to New Zealand and beyond: she has been a good companion and very tolerant of my funny little ways; and cousin Jette and I gathered our bits and followed Richard and Geraldine ...
... one point Alan slipped of a ********************** into the pool!!!!
When we were down we wandered back through the woods, and reboarded the river. Again Caleb an I were on all fours, but this time we were joined by Alan who had his boots in one hand under water as he crawled across. Just as we were close to the end he slipped up and into the water with his full body he went........., fun night!!!!
Song of the day
This to shall pass--- OK ...