|we find ourselves parked in a small herd of mule deer's private home. whenever we step out of Beluga, we feel eyes watching us....Can you see why they are called "mule" deer???|
|aspen trees are beautiful, top to bottom at this time of year|
You can't help but understand why this area is called the 'Switzerland of California"
We chose Grant Lake for our picnic lunch today. Pristine, clear water, no one around and a long, wide beach all to ourselves. We set up our chairs, put out lunch and started enjoying ourselves post haste.
|Turkey sandwiches and choc. chip cookies never tasted so good!|
|the dogs loved their freedom, time to wade in the icy water, run around like lunatics, or just stretch out in the sand|
|I'm not gonna swim out for that ball, its too cold - you do it, no, YOU do it. |
Mom threw it, she should go...
|it was HIS ball, he had to go and bring it back|
|Sasha would rather have Dave throw a stick - tennis balls are for idiots|
|after we dried the dogs off, we put them in the car so we could continue to enjoy the sun.|
Lewis was sooo cold, he shook like a quaking aspen, waiting for us to come back in the car.
|we moved the chairs closer to the jeep to keep the dogs happy. Dave hung the wet towels all over to dry.|
|Tufas are formed here when fresh water springs containing calcium bubble up through the carbonate rich lake water|
Mono Lake is another remnant of an ancient sea that covered much of the surrounding areas. (think Pyramid Lake in Nevada) It is immediately east of Yosemite National Park and has no outlet. Numerous streams have entered it for thousands of years, carrying minerals, evaporation has removed water from it, and as a result it is an extremely salty, alkaline body of water with a unique and fragile ecosystem. Flocks of American Coots, Eared Grebes, Ruddy Ducks all stop over on their yearly migrations, to feast on the abundant brine shrimp that live here. Ospreys build their nests atop the furthest Tufa formations. A fascinating, but sort of smelly body of water!
|Dave clamored over the hard tufa formations on the shore. I stayed back and held the dogs, can you see us in the far right of the picture|
|our ride home|