Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Roads opened Wednesday and the shuttle buses are running. Yeah! But there‚Äôs a lot of water down there, and the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River is flooding. Plus, a lot of trails are damaged or under water. So, be careful, be very, very careful. ...
Good news for anglers is hard to come by in these days of invasive species and whirling disease problems. But state Fish and Game‚Äôs Brad Henderson said that the Eastern Sierra is one of the state‚Äôs highest priorities and because of that, we once again, have our own fish biologist, Jim Erdman, who follows old-timer Curtis Milliron and others. Welcome Jim. Now, get to work! ...¬†
Wine¬†grapes in Mono County? Sure enough, says George Milovich, the county‚Äôs agricultural commissioner. They are being grown out in the Tri-Valley area, near Chalfant and pretty soon, they will be ready for wine-making. Sounds good to us. ....
Ace mountaineer/photographer/mountaineer John Dittli is opening a photography exhibit next Saturday at 8 o‚Äôclock at the historic LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. And we can‚Äôt wait. The falls will be beautiful in the evening. He‚Äôll present a slide show of images from his book: ‚ÄúWalk the Sky, Following the John Muir Trail.‚ÄĚ Cool! ‚Ä¶
The Mammoth Bike Park trails open this weekend are Paper Route, Timber Ridge, Big Ring, Lakes Trail, Juniper, Uptown, Downtown, Follow Me and Bullet. And this just in: the Kamikaze mountain bike trail is slated to open from the top on Saturday. ‚Ä¶
Happy to see another edition of the guidebook ‚ÄúThe Explorer‚Äôs Guide to Yosemite and the Southern Sierra.‚ÄĚ on the shelves. It‚Äôs a terrific revision by our own David T. Page, whose 2009 first edition practically jumped off the shelves. It‚Äôs not a traditional guidebook to the backcountry. Rather, it deals with the roads, towns and scenic wonders. ‚Ä¶
Was that Pamela Conrad, a NASA project leader for the search for life on Mars, up here in Lee Vining recently? It was, and she was eager to explain why Mono Lake‚Äôs tufa formations have helped her determine what criteria to use when looking for that life. NASA‚Äôs Opportunity Rover heads to Mars in 2013 and Conrad‚Äôs work here in Mono Lake could have big results. ...
Feel-good fun run of the summer is the Freedom Run on Monday from Minaret Rd. to the downtown parade route, led by runners from the High Sierra Striders and coach Andrew Kastor. ‚Ä¶
Just for the heck of it: the Summer 2011 Mono Lake Newsletter is now online. ‚Ä¶
One of our favorite runners, Ryan Hall, tweets that he‚Äôd like to start a petition for gluten free buns at In-N-Out Burger. ‚Ä¶
You can actually feel yourself age ‚Äď palpably ‚Äď while waiting to turn left around here without a stoplight, says Our Neighbor Walt. His advice is to turn right and wing it. Occupancy for this weekend is projected to be 76 percent. ‚Ä¶
Nothing like taking care of the woods and trails to make yourself feel better, eh? The Mammoth Lakes Trail System Summer of Stewardship Trail Days begins tomorrow on the approach to the Sherwin Lakes trail, the Valentine trail, Mammoth Rock trail, and other area recreation amenities. Plus, says MLTPA, you‚Äôll get to ‚Äúpig out not only on breakfast (donated by the Old New York Deli & Bagel Company),‚ÄĚ but also on a delicious lunch at the trailhead. The whole thing is co-hosted by the High Sierra Triathlon club. Check MLTPA website for more details.. ‚Ä¶
From our Facebook files: Roma, Penny McCoy and I were at June Lake yesterday (Tuesday) and here‚Äôs a shot I got of a rainbow beyond Gull Lake. Guess who? ‚Ä¶
From Tourism Chief John Urdi: ‚ÄúWhen registering my ‚Äė57 Chevy (that I have owned for 25 years) I was informed that it was registered here in Calif. before ‚Äď interesting.‚ÄĚ No vintage plates, though. ‚Ä¶
Hats off to Sandra Clark, Elizabeth Tenney and Jay Deinken, of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission, along with town staffer Sandra Moberly for doing some unbelievably granular work on neighborhood district plans, including the gnarly Sierra Sites plan. ‚Ä¶
Was it just us, that was weird, the Mobility Commission meeting on the first day of summer to talk about next winter. ‚Ä¶
The tireless Leslie Dawson writes to remind us that the Valentine Reserve Fourth grade Native Plant Project is selling native plants for four bucks apiece tomorrow 9-1 a.m. at 107 Sugar Pine Drive. Bring a box for yer new plants. Plant list is Sticky Cinquefoil, Great Basin Wildrye, Mountain Pennyroyal, Scarlet Gilia, Sierra Wallflower, Crimson Columbine and Goldenrod, all good for high-elevation gardens.