Ok, call me a tacky tourist, Ugly American, whatever. But its safe to say that my kids are counting the days until the uber-tacky Mammoth Mega Zip zipline opens.
And its not just my kids. I CAN NOT WAIT to try this myself with The Husband riding right next to me.
With the purchase of Mammoth Mountain by what is now Alterra Mountain Company, hopes were raised that there would be major capital improvements on the mountain. Although we all love Mammoth's hip 70's vibe, its safe to say that everyone is ready for a few modern updates to some of the dated and dingy infrastructure.
If you're looking for a quick, filling, yummy meal to take back to Sonenalp, Salsa's might just be the best option in town. Be sure to go there hungry, but don't go in a hurry. There is usually a line, and food is made to order so it isn't the fastest meal in America. But its worth every second.
The Mulehouse Cafe isn't easy to get to... Unless you're already hiking, fishing or hanging around Red's Meadow Resort. But if you're headed there, make it part of your day's plan and don't miss having lunch at the Mulehouse.
I'll never forget the time my girlfriend told me, "You should check out the bowling alley. It just opened and its really cool." Yah, right, I thought to myself. How cool could a bowling alley possibly be? But you know what? She was right.
If you're looking for a day of true mountainside adventure, there's nothing like challenging yourself with a day of climbing a mountainside, or at least a really big rock slab on a mountainside if you're a beginner like me.
What if I told you that on your drive to Mammoth you're within an hour of the oldest living things on Earth?
What if I told you that those living things grow next to fallen, visible, naturally-preserved wood that pre-exists the pyramids, earliest civilizations and even the ice age?
Another great day geological/naturalist day trip north of Mammoth is an exploration o the extra-terrestrial Mono basin, Mono Lake and ancient volcanic craters. For a full day, start at the Mono Basin National Forest Visitor's Center and then trek out to explore the Lake with its tufa towers, and hike to some of the craters.
Check out those photos. Looks like an old fashioned, independent grocery, right? Well, that's cause that's exactly what it is. Though the building is older, this family-run business has easy parking, fresh groceries and a convenient diner just next door. Inside the store, the staff is friendly, the selection is amble and its a lot less crowded than the large chain stores in Bishop and Mammoth. The prices aren't bad, either.
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