Juniper Springs Resort
Travel Blogs from Mammoth Lakes
... out of Vegas at all.
After several false starts, a stop to buy a map, water and the inevitable rest room, we were off, hopefully in the right direction.
I reckoned we had about 340 miles to go, so we didn't have a lot of time to frig about.
The first 100 miles was through the desert, with the occasional Joshua tree and vast open views, with gorgeous, muted colours.
It is very frustrating when you have long open empty roads and the speed limit is ...
... an interesting conversation with E on the way. I was explaining how I had met some guys traveling from New Zeland, doing a cross country trip in the states, on a previous trip and I thought it was impressive how people from there could just take 8 weeks off work and afford it. Elliott brilliantly replied, "Because Europe's the ****!"
The drive from Mono Lake was loaded with awesome views. Really ...
... up driving almost to Vegas, just giving him back the wheel at a rest stop about 1 1/2 hours out, handled the driving well even if i do say so myself. And speaking of rest stops Australia could learn something from the yanks - big rest stops, really clean seemingly in the middle of nowhere, with vending machines selling cold drinks, hot drinks and ice creams, australians could also learn a few road manners from the yanks ...
... 5 to the good! The Park entrance is at 9945' (3031m) and from there it was a 46 mile drive down to Yosemite Valley nearly 6000' below with plenty of stops along the way for photos.
The air was clear an the sun shining on snow-capped peaks was breath-taking. There was still three to four feet of lying snow in many places along with frozen lakes and rivers. ...
... Falls and El Capitan. This spot was much more inspiring.
Thursday morning we woke to vibrant sunny skies. We decided to begin the day with a 7.2 mile hike with a 2700 foot climb up to the top of Yosemite Falls. Immediately the hike began with switchbacks and I knew we were in for a challenge. Luckily the trail was shaded, but I still ditched my long sleeve shirt in the first fifteen minutes. Mike was determined to keep a good pace, but after thirty minutes ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility