We took the PAV up to Mammoth Lakes area in the Eastern Sierras over the July 4th holiday weekend. We saw many firsts.
First first is Obsidian Dome. This is a steam explosion volcano that aside from lava rock made the glassy obsidian rock. It was wild to look down into cracks in the ground knowing that a furry from underneath made these rock formations and the endless piles of rubble.
Next first was Mono Lake. Mono Lake was formed by the same seismic activity that formed Obsidian Dome. It is one of the oldest lakes in North America. There are large calcium carbonate tufa formations made by underwater calcium rich springs bubbling up from the lake bed. Over time when these springs mix with salty Mono Lake water these tufa tower formations are made. It’s too bad that the City Of Los Angeles Water Department has drained much of the lake but restorations are in progress.
Next first was summer skiing. This year Mammoth Mountain ski resort was open through July 4th. We went up to check it out and I found my next business. Yes, a burrito truck build on a snow cat. For you southerners a snow cat is like a giant combination between a bulldozer and a snow mobile. They are used to groom the snow on ski slopes, transport equipment and personnel, or as we learned… sell burritos.
We drove around to other nearby places to check on places for a return visit. We’ll be back!
The last first was downhill mountain biking. We survived but felt intimidated by everyone else who had more skills.