Part 1 Lake Tahoe
Part 2 Mammoth Lakes
Part 3 Yosemite
Part 4 Mammoth Lakes
July 17 We drove back it Mammoth Lakes. For dinner we went to Hot Chicks Rotisserie. This is just a small place in a strip mall that serves rotisserie chicken and pulled pork. I was fond of the sweet potato fries. We are on vacation and eat what we want, for now at least. It had been a long day, so we went back to our room at the Mammoth Creek Inn for the evening.
July 18 We were up early, packed up, had breakfast and checked out. This morning we had a short drive to the Mammoth Adventure Center for the bus to Devil's Postpile.
We bought our tickets and had to wait for the bus. While we waiting outside they were bring out the mountain bike rentals. I was surprised to see one of the riders bouncing up and down on his bike without the wheels leaving the ground. So, went over to ask about how it worked. The young man was explaining what things were. Then he told me that it had hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. I told him that when I was growing up my bike had a coaster brake. He looked at me kind of odd and said, like a little kids bike? Yeah, things have changed a lot.
The bus came and it was time to go. We had a full load from casual visitors to hard core hikers. The road down was 2 lane in some parts and 1 in others. I would not have wanted to drive it.
When we arrived at the ranger station the ranger met the bus with the park newspaper and maps. She was ready to answer questions.
We made a pit stop and headed over to the post pile. It was a short trail and we were there. The volcanic formations are unique. From there we headed north to Minaret Falls. It was about a 45 minute walk up to the falls. Along the way we came across a deer standing there watching us. We also saw a great deal of damage caused by the wind storm last November. The park service has put in a great deal of work clearing the roads and trails since the storm. When we arrived at Minaret Falls we had to go through the thriving under growth to see the falls. We then headed back to the ranger station.
At the ranger station we took the bus to Reds Meadow. We ate lunch there in the restaurant/dinner.
From Reds we went to Rainbow Falls. You pass through an area that was burnt during a fire several years ago. It is now mainly open area with small pine trees all around. Then you arrive at the falls. There is a viewing area just down stream falls.
But, our time is short and we must leave. We walk back to the trail head and catch the bus out. We get off at the Mammoth Adventure Center, go to our car and head out. We drive down to US-395 and head north.
Thank You for reading this part of our trip report. As I find time I will be writing the last piece:
Part 5 Lake Tahoe
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