Our Backyard Playground

After two months of going to Looney Bean and the Mammoth Lakes Public Library we finally have internet in the condo!  This post comes straight from the comfort of home.  It has been a fun summer even with the smoke from the Aspen and Rim fires and the passing of Amelia’s lovely Grandma Donna at 92 years old.  Here are some pics from our explorations in the Eastern Sierra while not in the Airstream.  There’s no end to the adventures that can be had right outside our front door.

Approaching the top of Duck Pass. Mt. Ritter and Banner in the background.

Approaching the top of Duck Pass. Mt. Ritter and Banner in the background.

Clearing Duck Pass.

Clearing Duck Pass.

Beautiful day at Duck Lake.

Beautiful day at Duck Lake.

Rock Fringe, along Duck Pass.

Rock Fringe, along Duck Pass.

 

Alpine Pink Columbine on the Duck Pass trail in July.

Alpine Pink Columbine on the Duck Pass trail in July.

Wallflower, one of the first flowers to bloom every year.

Wallflower, one of the first flowers to bloom every year.

Cooling my dogs in the Duck Lake outlet.

Cooling my dogs in the Duck Lake outlet.

Lemmon's Paintbrush at the meadow beyond Duck Lake.

Lemmon’s Paintbrush at the meadow beyond Duck Lake.

melia participating in the VC's, Village Championships, held at Shady Rest every Tuesday during the summer, smoke and weather permitting.  She did this for the first time with Jen's boys and Jimmy's girls earlier in the summer.

melia participating in the VC’s, Village Championships, held at Shady Rest every Tuesday during the summer, smoke and weather permitting. She did this for the first time with Jen’s boys and Jimmy’s girls earlier in the summer.

Tahoe bike trip. Amelia approaching The Bench, Chris, and Gumby. This is a great ride!

Tahoe bike trip. Amelia approaching The Bench, Chris, and Gumby. This is a great ride!

Aunt Amelia enjoying her time with my cousin's kids, Chris and Alex. They jumped into Lake Tahoe as we watched.

Aunt Amelia enjoying her time with my cousin’s kids, Chris and Alex. They jumped into Lake Tahoe as we watched.

Tahoe/Truckee bike trip.  At the top of the Hole in the Ground ride. Pat, myself, Chris and Gumby.

Tahoe/Truckee bike trip. At the top of the Hole in the Ground ride. Pat, myself, Gumby, and Chris.

Atop Mammoth Mountain. Soon this place will be covered with snow.

Atop Mammoth Mountain. Soon this place will be covered with snow.

Hiking up Convict Canyon. We will return to see the fall colors and to go all the way to Lake Dorothy.

Hiking up Convict Canyon. We will return to see the fall colors and to go all the way to Lake Dorothy.

Waterfall coming from Lake Genevieve flowing into Convict Creek.

Waterfall coming from Lake Genevieve flowing into Convict Creek.

Swirly rock mountain on the way to Mildred Lake.

Swirly rock mountain on the way to Mildred Lake.

Yosemite Toad. I love toads!

Yosemite Toad. I love toads!

Mildred Lake with Red Slate Mountain in the background.

Mildred Lake with Red Slate Mountain in the background.

Hiking up to the back side of Mammoth Rock with the hope of climbing to the top.

Hiking up to the back side of Mammoth Rock with the hope of climbing to the top.

Abandoned mine in Mammoth Rock.

Abandoned mine in Mammoth Rock.

Back side of Mammoth Rock. It was really sheer and the route we were told to take was just a bit over our ability level.  We might return with a new friend Amelia made that claims it's just one class 3 move.

Back side of Mammoth Rock. It was really sheer and the route we were told to take was just a bit over our ability level. We might return with a new friend Amelia made that claims it’s just one class 3 move.

On the way to Crowley Lake.  A crazy cloudy, Rim fire smoke filled evening with beautiful sun beams.

On the way to Crowley Lake. A crazy cloudy, Rim fire smoke filled evening with beautiful sun beams.

Walking along the eastern shoreline of Crowley Lake towards the columns and caves.

Walking along the eastern shoreline of Crowley Lake towards the columns and caves.

The columns of Crowley Lake.  Some crazy freaky shit.

The columns of Crowley Lake. Some crazy freaky shit.

Not only were there columns, there were caves that were full of bugs clinging to the walls until you disturbed them. Then they flew everywhere!

Not only were there columns, there were caves that were full of bugs clinging to the walls until you disturbed them. Then they flew everywhere!

In 100 years this will probably be columns or perhaps 100 years ago these were columns.

In 100 years this will probably be columns or perhaps 100 years ago these were columns.

Looking across Crowley Lake towards Mammoth Mountain.

Looking across Crowley Lake towards Mammoth Mountain.

Hook up at Starkweather Lake!  We hiked down from the Minaret Summit.

Hook up at Starkweather Lake! We hiked down from the Minaret Summit.

12 thoughts on “Our Backyard Playground

  1. Beautiful picture. Sorry I did not get to see you when you were in town. Jean said you had a great evening together.

    Love,

    Pauly

  2. Very nice as usual and beautiful flowers. I didn,t know they had columns at Crawly lake. Did you just discover that. Very interesting though. Love, Ruth

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    • Since Sacramento! Don’t you remember our first house on New Dawn. We had a toad living in the backyard. He was there forever I even remember his hole.

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