Header photo

I took this photo in the eastern Sierras, off Highway 395, at the Owens Gorge Road. I love those mailboxes and every time we travel to the Sierras, we drive by them just to see them!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My header photo with SNOW~Scenic Sunday 021410

Hubby surprised me for my birthday (Valentine's Day) with a trip back to the Sierras (our favorite place!) It had just snowed there last Wednesday, but cleared on Thursday, when we headed up to Ridgecrest for the night. Then, Friday morning, we drove up to Lone Pine and then up to Bishop. Yesterday we drove from Bishop, up north of town to the Gorge Road, where I took my header photo last August. HA! We were lucky to get as far as the mailboxes. The road down to the back of the mountain was C-L-O-S-E-D and unplowed. One road was plowed so that the residents could get in and out, but that was it! And, with all the snow that the Sierras got, a LOT of roads were closed. Highway 395 was open and there was no problem with it. And, the roads into Mammoth were open up Mammoth Village, but no further. We stopped and had a late breakfast at The Stove in Mammoth, which serves up hearty sized meals, even breakfast! Then, we headed up to June Lake, which was completely covered with snow. That road was open through town, but closed before it curves around to Silver Lake. DARN! So, we turned back and drove up to Mono Lake, took some photos there, and drove to Bridgeport. It was so white and bright in Bridgeport that all we did was buy gas and turn around! We drove out the road to the south tufa at Mono Lake, but the road down to the lake wasn't plowed and we didn't want to chance running into ice at the turnaround by the lake (although people with 4-wheel drives did make it). Several other cars had parked up on the road (which was closed ahead of us) and did hike down to the lake, but when you're our age (29+++++++++++++), walking on ice and falling down (especially when carrying cameras) is not a good thing! Anyway, here are some pics from my birthday trip. Scenic Sunday for February 14, 2010. Yes, 29 AGAIN! Oh, I included some photos of the road right across from the mailboxes, so you can see how much snow there was! The bottom photos are from Lee Vining, which was pretty much shut down for the season. One motel in town had so much snow on its roof that it was ready to collapse!

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