Wednesday August 10, 2016: Day 3 Summer 2016 RV Trip
Mono Lake - South Tufa Trail - Inyo National Forest
Heading down HWY 120 toward 395 from Sage Hen Summit, I pulled into the Mono Mills Historic Site. It was barely sunrise so while everyone else, but Ayden, was still sleeping, I stepped out for my 2nd solo walk of the day.
|Well, Ayden joined me...|
If I recall, I seem to remember this place smelling like bubble gum or actually, it smelt like pink cotton candy. It was a pleasurable smell. However, I think it had something to do with the fire that had burnt through this area mixed with the fresh pine...
|Ah, lets go to the lake and go for a hike!|
We drove down from the Mills and stopped at a couple of the overlooks to snap some photos. Finally, reached the Mono Lake entrance. For my third walkabout today, I wandered for 20 minutes or so, alone, for a mile + treat of the lake (South Tufa Trail)...
|Elevation in 1951: 6410 Feet // Current Elevation: 6378|
Over the past 65 years, the Lake elevation has dropped by 32 feet; that's basically 1 foot every other year. The mean depth of this lake is 56 feet. Therefore, at this rate, Mono Lake could become a Dry Salt Lake in just over 100 years. Such is the case for many bodies of water. What will the future generations do???
|Jackrabbit - I think I may have ran over some of his cousins the night earlier :(|
Finally, after my third hike, the troops decided to wake up. We drove up a ways, filled up our gas tank and snapped a few pics from HWY 395:
|Fire recently roared through here...|
Finally on the main highway with plenty of welcoming day light, the voyage to South Lake Tahoe was now in clear sight. We passed the gas station/diner that Ayden and I stopped out when we hiked through Yosemite, intersection of 120/395 (Tioga Pass). From here, heading North on 395 would now be a brand new adventure. I kinda did the reverse L shape driving pattern that I didn't do in my 1000 Days. Connecting the dots - what will be next...