Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer adventures on land - Mammoth Lakes California

Our little Marmot buddy at Duck Lake

Rainbow Falls with Marne and Tallen

Duck Lke

Crossing over Duck Pass 

White pelicans in Hot Creek.  hmmm

Leaving Laurel lake in the Razor

And of course...some motocross. Tallen second in on the green bike.

Tallen making his way over the tables down "the Mammoth freeway".

Summertime is hurricane season anywhere in the tropics of the northern hemisphere so we take that time to return to our land based home, wherever that may be, and enjoy family, friends and time on solid ground.  It is a time of social gatherings, land based adventures, possibly some money making opportunities to replenish the cruising kitty and a time to aquire as  many items as possible of the seemingly endless lists of things that are needed for the next cruising season.

This last week found us in Mammoth Lakes California for a motocross event with my youngest son Tallen and while we were there we took time to enjoy the amazing and abundant beauty found only 30 or so miles south of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevadas.  Mammoth did not disappoint.  It never does.  On the menu was a day four wheeling a Polaris Razor up high into a mountain lake for lunch, world class mountain biking, a trail hike up and into Duck Lake and then a trail run out (about 6 miles each way and crossing over Duck Pass that sits at 10,800'), a beautiful afternoon trail run up to June Lake resort which sits atop a beautiful slope overlooking the beautiful June Lake and, of course, motocross racing at an epic track and venue. 

All told we spent 9 days in a tent and loved every moment.  I love the ocean, it's raw beauty and boundless wildlife but as I have said many times before... beauty and the sheer awe of nature abounds everywhere, you just need to make the effort to jump into it.  When you do, turn off your cell phones, breathe deep and take it in.  Get some.

Bret and Marne
SV Liahona

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