To recover from yesterday’s excessive miles we took it easy today. A slow morning of packing food for my next section and deciding what things can be sent home.
We drove out east to Mono Lake which has been drying up since water was diverted away to Los Angeles in 1941. The lake has no outlet so like the Dead Sea the salts get left behind when the water evaporates and now it’s about 2.5 times saltier than the ocean. It was interesting to see the strange towers that formed around the springs when they had been under water but something was missing.
We went to Lee Vining for lunch at a classic old ice-cream place called Mono Cone. I couldn’t tell if it was retro styled or just had always been that way. The 70s music playing from the radio statio was in theme but something was missing.
In the early afternoon Dad and I walked along Tuolumne River and he found a shaded spot under a tree while I tried to work on my tan by falling asleep on a rock in the sun. It was nice and relaxing but it wasn’t right. I need to get moving again. I’m not supposed to be here yet. I’m in Independence, 150 miles south. So tomorrow Dad will drive Lucky Joe and I back to the trail and we’ll get on with it. Pass after pass, meadow after meadow. The fabulous high sierra awaits and I am going to conquer it for real.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Rest Day at Tuolumne MeadowsDistance today: 0 miles. Total distance: 788.5 miles