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Sunday, July 29, 2012

And it feels good to be back home again....

Had a great trip, my foot felt mostly fine, I did notice the pressure of driving the first day....switched shoes when we stopped and it was OK after that. Pretty much most of the trip I felt OK, occasional twinge here and there, but other than that, OK. I did use the Omega 5 cream in the morning, except one day. The driving on Friday started to bother it a bit, but then I put on the cruise control, and that helped since I wasn't pressing on it. I must say the hiking and biking were not a problem at all, that surprised me! The last big hike I did here in Reno killed my foot! These hikes were fine....so I feel like I'm finally getting some relief from this issue. emoticon but I will continue to monitor...

So, we ended up staying at a no fee campground north of Mammoth Lakes called Upper Deadman creek. There were picnic tables, and a vault toilet, not exactly the Ritz, but we have our circus tent, and Larry really knows how to cook outside, so it was good place for us. We got in on Tuesday evening, set up camp, and retired around sunset. On Wednesday we got on our bikes for a ride down to the Inyo Craters, which just happened to be on a loop that went right by our campground. So we didn't even have to drive anywhere, just biked from camp! The craters are interesting to see, there are lakes in the bottom of them, the one was pretty turquoise green, the other more a muddy brown...the total miles was around 14...we got back to camp in around 3 and a half hours.

The next day we biked again, this time from the Earthquake fault sight, where a mountain biking trail called Mountain view begins. It goes to Minaret summit, which has great views of the minarets, as well as Banner and Ritter peaks, and just lots of beautiful scenery. From there we started biking up another trail called Hardcore, and it was! We parked the bikes near the top and walked the last part. I did see some flowers blooming too, there were quite a few hikers on this trail, which was really a 4WD road, but I don't think you can drive it anymore. Nice views from the top of this trail too. I must admit though, the ride back down was really nice....pretty much downhill the entire way....we took the road from the summit, and it was smooth sailing!

We went to the Mammoth Lakes library both Wednesday and Thursday after our bike rides, and I got to use the free wifi, which was nice, and we filled up our water bottles at the ranger station/information center in town.

Friday we drove south, stopped in Bishop for an early lunch at Schatts bakery, I picked up a couple of Brownies too for later.... Since this was a "down" day, we drove down to Lone Pine, and took in the Lone Pine film museum, there have been lots of Western movies and TV shows filmed in this area, as well as other films, so it was fun to see. We've been watching "Have Gun Will Travel" on DVD from Netflix lately, and really wanted to see the area they filmed a lot of these episodes in. After the museum we drove up to Horseshoe meadows and did a "quick, easy" hike (not!) Turns out it was almost 7 miles and 1200 ft of elevation gain...since the trailhead is close to 10,000 ft (or over) we ended up pretty darn high....but it was really pretty, and I love that striking high Sierra scenery....

On the way back we found a place to shower and stopped back in Bishop for a late dinner at Whiskey Creek....nice way to end our "down day".

Saturday we decided to strike camp and head for home at a leisurely pace....we stopped for a stretch at the Mobile station at Lee Vining, and then headed up Lundy canyon for another mountain bike ride....but as it turned out, this ride was not for our level of biking ability! We ended up ditching the bikes after a little less than a mile, and hiked the rest of the way to the lakes....and saw more wildflowers and abandoned mining equipment....it was a warm hike, but pleasant, around 3 miles to the lake. After that we headed home, getting in around 10 ish after stopping for a not-so-healthy meal at the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport....but it was good!
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    What a great trip - I'll have to try that campground next time and since I've never been to Inyo Craters, will put that on the list, too - thanks for sharing your fun with us! Glad your foot is feeling better!
    2035 days ago
    Sounds wonderful!
    2035 days ago
    Wow! Your vacation sounds great! I love vacations that incorporate exercise, such as hiking. I haven't been able to that in while. Glad your foot is doing better.
    2035 days ago
    You have been having great bike rides so keep up the good work.
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