Friday, September 23, 2011
A what? A tufa! On our way out to Mammoth Lakes we swung by the south end of Mono Lake and explored the tufas. These are calcium carbonate formations created by spring water bubbling up into the very salty lake water. They are really cool looking: they were all underwater until about the 1940's when LA diverted water to the city. The lake level dropped significantly and exposed the tufas. There are now regulations requiring the city to restore the lake level to a certain point to ensure the habitat of alkali flies and brine shrimp that are an important food source for migrating birds. This is a must see if you are driving by!
Another fun must see while in Lee Vining is the upside down house. It is adjacent to the old School House Museum. It was built as a tourist attraction in the early 1900's and has been moved and restored. It's awesome!
The tribe had a great off day, riding, hiking, resting, eating ice cream! We had a full dinner, the menu pictured above! Friday started off early with breakfast and the ride to Mammoth Lakes. The ride took a turn and did the June Lake Loop off of the main highway: it is a beautiful ride. Everyone has tents set up and most are lounging the afternoon away, waiting for dinner! Yumm. Bourbon Salmon, basmati rice, tossed green salad, pea salad, steamed veggies, and a birthday cake for dessert. Happy birthday Sandy!
Tomorrow is another layover day. There is a ride out to the Pie in the Sky Cafe. I will have to find out more about that one for you. There is also a ride to Devil's Post Pile. Great rock formations that are worth the trip. I went out a couple of years ago and will try to find a picture to post.