Mammoth walk at mammoth mountain

Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 24, 2012

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Howdy partners! This morning we were in cowboy country, the area round the hotel was just like a film set and the pubs actually had saloon doors! Unlike the cowboy village at the skywalk we never got shot this time!

Our main destination today was a place called Mammoth (no seriously!). We started off with a brilliant lunch which quickly became Rowans favourite meal ever since as soon as we sat down a group of workmen started laying a new road so we saw a full parade of trucks including his recent fav the road roller!   It was probably one of my fav lunches too since it was in a real café and not a ham sandwich picnic – yay!! So after lunch we headed up Mammoth mountain and ended up on a bus squashed in with a load of macho mountain bikers… they were a strange bunch of macho men all dressed head to toe in lycra, psyching each other up, comparing helmets and bouncing their bikes to compare tyre pressures.  At the top of mammoth we had  intended to take a cable car ride but it got struck by lightening so was cancelled!

We decided to take a stroll along to the Devils postpile which is an area of huge tall hexagonal columns that were formed naturally.  The stones also made an ideal drum for Rowan who loves to have a jamming session with jojo, Arnaud and I at ever opportunity.  Air guitar and drumming rocks with sticks are his fav hobbies now he has no real toys!!  Since we had spare time due to the cable car being blown up, and the walk so far had been quite easy, we decided to carry on walking and see if we could make it to a nearby attraction called rainbow falls.  We walked for an age through beautiful forest and along beside river.  We are officially in bear country now and the scenery was exactly like you see on the telly with bears catching fish in the river.  Beautiful!  After a long, long walk we made it to the rainbow falls which were really impressive.  We were knackered especially since we carried the babies all that way (3 miles so far).  I had read in the visitor book that we could get the bus back from rainbow falls but we soon realised there was a problem since the falls were in the middle of the forest with no road nearby at all!! As a last resort we decided to check the map properly and soon saw that we needed to walk another couple of miles to get the bus!! Gutted! The walk up to the bus was a nightmare since it was so steep, the ground uneven and worst of all it was getting dark and the reality of meeting a bear or mountain lion was becoming much more likely!  We did cross paths with a deer at one point and Jojo just about needed CPR so gawd knows what would have happened if we did see a bear!  Sweat was lashing off us and we had no water – totally unprepared for a hike.  I had read in the visitor book that this impromptu hike we were now on was for experienced walkers and here we are with 2 babies, no water and a real chance of meeting a bear as night falls.  We were so tired we couldn't even speak except to shout the occasional swear word.  Mum, maybe it’s lucky you weren’t here since I’m not sure your flip flops would have survived hiking and bear attacks!  It’s definitely an adventure we’re on, not a holiday – I’ll need a holiday to recover from this trip!  Just as my head was turning purple from all the excertions we stumbled out the forest and onto the road just in time to catch the second last bus back to the car!  Wee jojo walked so much today she wore a hole right through her new insoles!
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Liz on

Hey guys
Sorry not been in touch where have the months gone and you'll be back home in a few days. So sorry to hear about gramps Natalie condolences to you all.
The kids will have grown some I guess. Scary at Mammoth huh! We went there skiing and it's a shame you never got up on the chair lift the views were lovely. Ah! Yes the bears they had been in raiding the rubbish bins at our apartment the day we were leaving to go back to Shafter to our friends house on Christmas eve ( they live 20 minutes from Bakersfield) I also saw a mountain Lion alking along the mountain ridge between Barstow & Bakersfield. Our weather mixed this week hot,humid, then wet wet & wet.
Liz & Roy xx
Happy your mum and JoJo made it ok. How did they get on with baby seats ?

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