Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cooler at Glass Creek Campground

We left the 100 degree plus weather in Bishop and headed north to Glass Creek Campground, which is between Mammoth and June Lake just off the 395. At 7,650 elevation, we will still have warm weather, but high 80s is much better than 100. Glass Creek is a lovely forest service campground with about 50 large sites in a forest setting with some sites on the Owens River. It is first come first serve and it looks like we got one of the last sites. There are no hookups or water or dump and pack in pack out your trash. However, this is no problem as the camping is FREE!! There are several campgrounds in this area with free camping but I think this might be the only one with large sites for the bigger rv's such as ours. We are loving it and are planning on spending our time here through out the Holiday weekend.


We took a ride into Mammoth Lakes, which is just 9 miles south of our campground. We brought Savannah and so had lunch at the Old New York Deli and Bagel Co in the Village of Mammoth, where we could sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

We drove around the lakes of Mammoth. We are planning on kayaking at Lake Mary in the next few days. It is the largest of the many lakes in the area and we have kayaked there before as well as Twin Lakes. Twin Lakes is smaller but is pretty neat as you paddle with a view of the snow covered mountains with a beautiful waterfall. We have spent a lot of time in Mammoth in sumer and winter and just love it. One new thing we noticed is that they now have bike trails everywhere. You can even take a special shuttle bus that takes you and your bike up the road and you can just coast on down by lakes and forest land. We drove around the Sherwin Lake area.




We decided to drive on one of the backroads, Owens River Road but it wasn't too exciting, though we did see some wildlife. Moo.

Another day we stopped at the Visitor Center and got some literature including a 4 Wheel Drive Book for Northern California. We decided to take the 4.8 mile road up to Laurel Lake. It is considered a moderate one, but seemed a little worse than that. It wasn't hard, per se, but more than half the road is covered in rocks and I got tired of being bounced around so much and so we only went about half way. We stopped at a pull out and had lunch while enjoying the views.






There were some nice wild flowers.








Some of the ATVers really come down this road fast.



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