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Top signs of Mono Lake

Mountains all the way to Mammoth Lakes, apart from the odd frozen lake. Tri-tip sandwich and meatloaf for lunch at the Hot Chicks rotisserie (extraordinary). fabulous mountain views all the way to Mono Lake where we waded through snow to get photos, then drove back to the lake shore where the towers of tufa have survived both falling water levels and the navy using them as targets. 100 times as salty as the ocean, making the surface wonderfully reflective even with ripples of wind. the reflections of sky and mountains and volcanoes and trees and tufa in the silence, even more impressive as you climb out of Lee Vining to 7000 and above; this must be the edge of the world to double like this. mountain pass after mountain pass.
Saw a dog at the door of an animal shelter (just visiting?) and a huge black cat on the roof of an SUV.


They work the devil hard around here; he has a post pile and a corn field and a gate to deal with before he can get to his golf course.

And those signs; one road near Lee Vining has been adopted by the Friends of Bodie, the other by One of them June Lake liberals. wonder if they drive one of they Ford vans?

Down out of one set of mountains, passing a bald eagle at Topaz lake, across the flat of Carson valley and up again, on some lovely swooping switchbacks, with the local minibus trundling up to Summit Village. The light was fading as we reached Tahoe so we did the slopes down in the dark and stopped at Placerville for Mel's Diner and the spa (snow scrambling in capri pants = grazed legs). Must come back and try the wineries some time; Pichetti has a tasting room near Tahoe.

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spikeiowa
12th Mar, 2008 06:40 (UTC)
Picchetti?????
marypcb
13th Mar, 2008 05:54 (UTC)
"We are pleased to announce that Picchetti Winery has opened a second Tasting Room in South Lake Tahoe"
http://www.picchetti.com/tahoe.html

I'm hoping we might get to a local winery or two saturday afternoon maybe...
spikeiowa
13th Mar, 2008 08:33 (UTC)
I'm in the mood for a visit to Ridge, which is open 11 -4. And I might have an errand at Bonny Doon. If you have availability, let me know!
marypcb
13th Mar, 2008 08:35 (UTC)
that would be nice - we're meeting Rowan for breakfast at 10 Saturday but she has to be in Oakland later - this is starting to sound like a plan!
sbisson
13th Mar, 2008 17:47 (UTC)
That could work...

We're at the usual place!
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