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Mammoth & Mono Lakes, Fall Colors in the Sierra
Featuring Bodie State Historical Park & Mono Lake
Enjoy a coach ride through the high Sierra at what is traditionally high season for fall foliage, destination Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth is one of the country's premier Ski Resorts, starting in November. Before the snow arrives, the colors change in the high mountains, offering the visitor an often-spectacular landscape at a time when the number of mountain travelers is traditionally low. If you enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and a bit of natural history, please join us.
From the Sports Leisure office (our departing point) to Mammoth is roughly a 5-hour journey. On the way to Mammoth, we'll detour into the ghost town of Bodie.
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for William Bodey, who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown. Only a small part of the town survives. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds, and an occasional ghost.
Arrive in Mammoth at your lodge in early evening. A long but scenic and educational day of travel. Dinner, featuring local barbeque, is included at the lodge tonight. Sierra Nevada Lodge – 3 nights (L, D)
Two day sightseeing trips highlights your stay. The first includes a visit to Mono Lake. Mono Lake is an ancient saline lake located at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada in California. Home to trillions of brine shrimp, millions of birds, and world-famous tufa towers, its tributary streams also supply water to Los Angeles, nearly 350 miles to the south. It's one of the most unusual lakes in the world. Your visit includes a guided walk, a stop at the visitor's center, and lunch in nearby Lee Vining.
On the return trip to Mammoth, detour onto the June Lakes Loop. Also a ski area in winter, it's a great place for an afternoon break. The following day we journey to Convict Lake. As you might guess, there's a story here. Nearby Crowley Lake also provides some photo opportunities. Back in town, there's a short visit to the ski resort area and Devil's Postpile Nat'l Monument, then some free time to relax or browse the modest shops in town. (2FB,2L,D)
The return trip home is direct, with just rest and lunch stops en route, arriving in late afternoon to your door-to-door service (FB,L)
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|