I kept thinking about the fire near Yosemite and prayed that rain could put it out soon. And it rained a little bit last night. The morning sky was dark and it seemed more rain was coming. Our campground is on the June Lake Loop, so we decided to see what it looks like around the area. The rain started coming down suddenly when we were leaving. That might clear up the air.
Just several minutes drive down south were a few lodging and restaurants. Small inns all bear fancy names such as Whispering Pines, Four Seasons and Yosemite Gateway Chalet. A building sat at the top of June Mountain. It might be the facility for skiing in winter. Past Gull Lake was June Lake. June Lake is much bigger than Silver Lake. A booming tourist town with RV parks, inns, restaurants, marina and more. Two gigantic boulders stacking up sat right by the Boulder Lodge. “Hope it doesn’t fall!” Stephen said. I wonder how the boulders were stacked up by the force of nature. There was a nice beach at June Lake. June Lake might be a good place to spend a day.
We took California 395 to Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center. The mountain view along the road was spectacular. Then we headed to the adventure center trying to take a shuttle bus. Gondolas were taking tourists up to the mountains. But the parking area was full and we haven’t had lunch. So we returned and stopped by the Earthquake Fault. It was a fissure when the earth opened up about 550 to 650 years ago and magma flew out. The fissure was not very deep, probably 30 feet at most, but there was snow at the bottom. Early settlers used this fault to preserve food in summer. What a nature made refrigerator! There were some big black obsidian rocks by the fault as well.
We drove back to the town Mammoth Lakes for the Burgers restaurant. Stephen was craving a burger and he certainly had a huge burger and French fries. I had a bowl of chicken tortilla soup. The soup was delicious with the crispy tortilla. The French fires were good but the burger was a bit dry and partially charred. We took the Mammoth Lake Scenic route but only to see a forest of pines. As we got close to our campground, Stephen spotted a big waterfall that fell from the cliff. We actually can see its profile from the campground.
The sun started to peak out in the late afternoon and the air felt fresher. We went to Silver Lake and saw people fishing. Across the street was Silver Lake Resort Carson’s Camp which had celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Can’t believe it started its tourist business so early! RVs and trailers were packed over there. The sun started to set above the mountain where the waterfall fell. Horses and mules were having dinner. I whistled and a mule came towards the fence. I touched its nose and it seemed to like it. It was the first time I ever touched a mule! I could feel its strength while it moved its head around. After a while, I felt it was friendly and I took a selfie with the mule. Another mule behind it seemed to chase that mule away and came to me. I touched him as well.
I found that there was a trailhead by the ranch. Climb up the steep mountain will have an overlook of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. I bet the vista up there would be breathtaking.