2007-06-17 Mono Lake side trip

June 17th, 2007

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.

PCT sign

Mono Lake

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.

PCT sign

PCT sign

Sending email from Tuolumne Meadows

PCT sign

Camping at Tuolumne Meadows

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Rest Day at Tuolumne Meadows

Distance today: 0 miles. Total distance: 788.5 miles

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One Response to “2007-06-17 Mono Lake side trip”

  1. Denis Says:

    Walks with Son writes: The day hanging around Tuolumne Meadows with Craig, and driving down to see Mono Lake was nice for me. I had developed some blisters walking around San Francisco in my hiking shoes with thin socks so I wasn’t keen to do anything more. I could feel that Craig was somehow uncomfortable as we were in the PCT environment but not in the PCT mindset. Walking slowly with no particular objective in mind. It was a bit like he was taking his aged parent for a nice walk in the garden to fill in time before dinner. At Mono Lake we paid $3 for an ‘educational walk’ around the rock formations, which must have seemed strange for a guy used to 30 miles of trail a day. Actually the parks service people were very nice and gave a Father’s Day special. The sign said under 15s free. Craig claimed to be 14. The man asked me with mock sincerity if my son was 18 and I agreed. He said the age limit was supposed to be 18 and the signs hadn’t been fixed yet. So my boy got in free. Such a hospitable country