|Vickie at sunrise.||The Sierra nevada in the early light.||Back in camp the early birds huddle around the fire.|
|Exploring the earthquake fault at Mammoth Lakes.||The closer to the edge the better!|
|Vicky and Prof.
Geiss got up before sunrise to take pictures of the Sierra Nevada.
Jenny, who spent the night in the van, joined them involuntarily and was
rewarded with a spendid view that remained greatly underappreciated.
The night was cold and we all wished for warmer sleeping bags. A nice campfire and lots of hot chocolate got us going and we headed down the mountain towards towards the Inyo Craters and Mono Lake. Early in the season the snow is still deep at Mammoth Lakes and we are snowed out of as few good geological sites. After a brief stop at the earthquake fault we head on north to Inyo Craters where we have lunch before we hike out to check out the craters. On the way back Jeff has ample opportunity to demonstrate selective cutting of - guess what - Jeffrey's pine forests.
After a brief stop at Mono Lake we head back south to McGee creek campground where we have dinner and are told about a few hot springs just down the road. We get there pretty late, but soaking in the hot water is fun.
|A dense stand of Jeffrey's Pine before ...||... and after selective cutting.|
|Jason taking notes at Mono Lake|
|Tufa at Mono Lake||Beth destroying the natural wonders of the south shore tufa.|
|Jason and deepti taking notes||Dinner at McGee creek.|
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