Lee Vining Motel
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Vi vaknar inte förrän 7.45 denna dag, men vi dröjer oss kvar eftersom det regnar och vi har det rätt så bra i den mysiga lägenheten. Visst tumult utbryter då tvätten från igår packas ner, och M ska välja strumpor. Tydligen har han precis insett att alla är olika.. Dock är de tillr …
... upside down house.
It's cute and tiny and worth a photo opportunity if passing through.
Lee Vining is right on Mono Lake and
famous for it's Tufa. These are formed when alkaline waters are
saturated with calcite. The lake levels are low so we could walk
around lots of them. Often they are partially submerged. They're
quite spectacular and interesting to stop for an hour.
After that we drove ...
... to an altitude of 10,000 feet and takes over 1 hour to drive accross. As dusk was fast approaching, we found a nice hiding place where the park rangers would not find us at night. We decided to read through the literature they had given us when we entered the park. Again, we learnt some interesting facts:
1.There are bears
2.Bears can break into your car
3.Bears can smell food in your car
4.THERE ARE BEARS!!!
... so the Sheriff had no trouble shining his torch in on us. Rob rose and greeted the friendly local law enforcers in his undies. Sherriff asked what we were doing, despite the obvious. Then he wished us a pleasant night and left us to it!
The next day was clearer and we got good views of the huge and beautiful lake. We drove slightly further south to Spooner Lake where Rob and Phoenix hired mountain bikes for the day. Rob took off on the 15 mile Flume Trail, it looked ...
... these disfigured, white Tufa Towers the kids made all kinds of guesses about what we might find in this strange Dr. Seuss-like world. "Dragon's keep or maybe a Mermaid's castle!, they cried! So off we hiked to see what mysteries we might uncover. Mono Lake is 3 million years in the making and contains salt water. Fresh water springs bubble up from the floor of the lake and mix with the salt water to form towers of ...