The Sierras

We left Friday afternoon to head up to Mammoth Mountain. Steve was covering a couple of afternoons worth of MX racing over the weekend and so we decided to all tag along. I haven’t been up to Mammoth since we moved down to Southern California in 1999. When we lived in the Bay Area, we’d go up every year for the mountain bike race held there in June.

Lots has changed since my last visit… a whole new Village cropped up when I wasn’t looking. It’s nice, but… I’m still not sure whether I like the change or not (though my opinion of it certainly won’t make any difference as to whether or not it stays that way *smile*). The Starbuck’s is great, but I wish they had a book store in the Village.

What didn’t change is the great big fissure in the earth… we’d taken Gabriel to see it when he was about two years old (he claims to remember the visit) and we kept teasing him about going to see his big crack… so being the funny guy that he is, he took to the “big crack” crack and pounded it into the ground…

         
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The drive up the 395 is nothing short of breathtaking. I am in awe of the California landscape… from sea to mountain to desert. The ‘395’ gallery shots were shot mostly through the windshield of the truck, or with my window rolled down. I wasn’t going for pristine shots… just wanted to capture the colors for reference for potential watercolors.

The trout farm was cool, too. I’ve never hand-fed trout, but there you have it…

The weekend ended far too quickly (although the bed in the bed & breakfast we stayed at was… uncomfortable, to say the least) and the drive home far too long, particularly through the 91 corridor, where they had closed off four lanes of traffic to work on the roads. Almost made me feel back at home (we’d often joke that there were two seasons in Montreal… “winter” and “construction”… I know, not so funny…)

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