Nevados is the classic Mammoth restaurant-- and if rumors are true, its days are numbered at its current location.
Twas the night before Fishmas and all through the Sierra,
trout in the rivers were filled with sheer terror.
Fishmas, otherwise known as Mono County Fish Season Opening Day (yeah, Fishmas sounds better), is the best day of the year for Eastern Sierra fisherman. Beginning mid-November when trout season closes, fishermen dream of Fishmas, and when New Years rolls around, they spiffy their tackle and make their plans to be there.
Form Bridgeport to Tom's Place and all the most popular fishing spots in between, FIshmas is celebrated with derbies, tournaments, cash and other prizes. Most of these competitions require advance registration so please make sure to check the Mono County fishing events website for complete details and reservation information.
Some of the top events include:
Each year, events and access vary since heavy snow winters will delay access to higher elevation streams and rivers. The great news about this is that in heavy snow winters, 'opening' day will be more like opening season, with new areas becoming accessible as ice and snow melt into the summer months. One thing is certain, local jurisdictions will continue to invest in trout fishing in Mono County, dropping an average of 60,000 pound of trout in the Eastern Sierra each season.
Every holiday has its drawbacks, though, and Fishmas is no exception. Just like your creepy uncle John sharing turkey on Thanksgiving or your crabby mother in law at Christmas, Fishmas will draw equally troublesome crowds and novice anglers. For this reason our resident angler prefers to skip the Fishmas celebrations, since his love for fishing is paired with a love of desolate streams and quietude. Instead, he chooses to head to the remote creeks, far from the crowds and competitions. But for those anglers who enjoy a fishing day filled with fanfare and celebration, this is the day for you. Fishmas is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and is a fun way to introduce young anglers to the lifestyle of trout hunting.
When I was a teenager with permed hair, neon cropped t-shirts, and Hammer pants, I cleaned villas on Hilton Head Island for pocket money.
Back then, Hilton Head was a sleepy, upscale resort, with a year-around population of 8,000 and a tourist influx of a bazillion high-end tourists each year. Gas was $1.25 a gallon. There was 1 traffic light. But cleaning up after guests was still a chore.
As a college student and young woman, I went on to admin level jobs at hotels and villa complexes and realized how important checklists are to standardize cleaning and maintenance tasks and to ensure quality control.
Check out the very new and somewhat quirky (hello. LegLamp) Mammoth hotspot, The Public House Taproom.
With 50 taps and most of them filled, there are plenty of drink choices -- even a couple of wines for beer naysayers. (For the record if you don't drink beer we can't be friends.) The food choices aren't quite so abundant, tho they do serve meat pies and soft pretzels with plans to expand those choices (cheese sauce coming soon! Yummo).
Don't let the Nintendo 64 fool you, no time warp here. There's wi-fi and plenty of device charging to remind you that it actually is still the 21st century. Whether you're looking to pass some time before checkin or sample a ton of Eastern Sierra beers all in one place, you can't beat the Public House.
Located in the old outlets, next to Black Velvet Coffee
3399 Main Street Suite F
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
12 pm – 10 pm Sun-Thur
12 pm – 11 pm on Fri and Sat
If you're a private pilot, getting to Mammoth by air can save you a ton of traffic and time -- and the Sierra views from 10,000 feet are world class. But for all the obvious reasons like wind, snow, visibility, terrain and turbulence, flying into KMMH can be challenging. I interviewed my favorite pilot tp get his top tips for general aviators. Because I'm me I've taken the editorial liberty of 'extending' his comments. Read on for his advice, my commentary, and more fantastic pics and videos of our Eastern Sierra flying fun.