Mono Vista RV Park, Lee Vining

Very nice establishment and the best thing, it's a cash only business!

Very nice establishment and the best thing, it’s a cash only business!

Wow!  What a difference 8 days makes, this is what we wanted to do last Sunday/Monday at Lone Pine.  The weather is beautiful and the campground is awesome, and the evening breeze is absolutely heaven.

Here are a few observations regarding full hook up campgrounds, keep in mind this is just my second day, and these are generalities.  But I’m thinking a year later when I report back on the subject it will be the same.

First of all, I swear Harry from the Boulder Creek RV Resort is here at Mono Vista RV Park, driving the same golf cart, smoking the same brand of cigs! Do all the maintenance guys look the same?

I think it’s an Eastern Sierra thing, but the Euros are everywhere. I absolutely love it and find it fascinating.  I can spot them from a mile away.  They are all very nice folk and very distinct.  Probably the best description is non-American.  I’ll tell you what though, they have a real zest for life and adventure.

Back to the campground…you have your 5th wheelers, your motorhome folk, and your trailer folk.  They are all very distinct sub cultures in this lifestyle.  You also have the tent campers and the pop ups.  I don’t think it would be proper to line everyone up in a pecking order, but there are absolutely differences between all the sub cultures. Excluding the Euros, the age generally skews older (yes, older than me!)

Here’s a quick story about our 5th wheel neighbors.  From Arkansas, they have the cutest little Shih-Tzu.  The wife walked out of their unit, with a big plastic margarita glass in her hand, and an aseptic pouch of frozen margarita. Squeezed it in her glass, and leashed up the dog for a stroll around the RV park.  He set up his propane BBQ, opened his storage hatch where he accessed the big box of Almaden red wine, and stuck his big plastic wine glass under the spigot.  Life is good!

The highlight of the day was our rookie (actually not ours, but my) mistake.  If you are ever in the Mono Lake area look out for the California Gulls!!!  I fired up the charcoal BBQ, had the steaks sitting on the picnic table, and was in the head urinating (what a surprise, huh) when Amelia yells, and she’s out the door.  One of those damn gulls had a steak in its’ beak!  It finally dropped it, no harm, no foul.  I zipped up, went outside and put the steaks on the grill, with the cover on!

Unfortunately, I’m a slow learner.  Two of the three steaks were done, so was the corn on the cob.  As I was bringing the corn into the galley, the two cooked steaks were on the picnic table. I came out the door and one of those rat bastards was flying away with a steak!!

And yes, the Mono Vista Rv Park really has a view of Mono Lake!

The boss swinging into our pull through site.

The boss swinging into our pull through site.

The best looking coach in the whole RV park.

The best looking coach in the whole RV park.

Have you ever seen a more beautiful smile?

Have you ever seen a more beautiful smile?

Drinking fountain and a water bottle filling station!

Drinking fountain and a water bottle filling station!

The table is set for our first meal inside.

The table is set for our first meal inside.

One of these rat bastards has my steak!!

One of these rat bastards has my steak!!

The mad blogger.

The mad blogger.

10 thoughts on “Mono Vista RV Park, Lee Vining

  1. Nice job parking the trailer, ROOKIE! It looks like it went in straight. Did it take you an hour to park though, ROOKIE? I liked the subculture plot—cool. I liked the little Airstream sitting on your dinner table—nice touch. You are living the dream!!!!!! Enjoy!

    • Actually, Greg is much better at backing in than I am. He figured I couldn’t mess up with a pull thru spot!

  2. OMG, I couldn’t stop laughing!!!…. I really needed your sense of humor today! love it…and you are absolutely right about the Europeans, they really do have a sense of adventure….something many Americans lack. But you guys are really living and oh, the places you will go and the stories you will share…looking forward to more!

  3. Rat bastards…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I love love love it! Have a blast meeting people and making memories!
    Smoochy to you both!

  4. I think this is the first in 16 years that I have ever seen a picture of you without a Hawaiian shirt on, Greg! Love the story about the gulls!

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