This is what the road conditions looked like on the trip up. Although it was snowing we never actually needed the chains.
This is when the trip got real fun. Snow and ice on the road and a small avalanche up ahead forced us to take another detour.
This is the detour we took. Fortunately the snow was a little more mooshier and easier to drive through. I actually got to use my SUV to splash around in the snow. Yee Haaa!
Want to go for a hike in the forest?
And I had brought my bathing suit too.
It had snowed about 6 feet the day before we arrived so there was plenty of light fluffy powdery snow for us to play in.
Fresh snowfall at Mammoth.
Here is Ruth about to pelt Matt with some snow.
Here is an overview of Mono Lake. Not too long ago these Tufa formations were underwater but because of water being diverted to LA, the lake was shrinking at a dramatic rate. It is also become more salty, making it harder for life to live in it.
Tufa formations on the shore of Mono Lake in front of the snowy peaks of the Sierras.
Ruth with Tufa formaitions taking a drink of water at Mono Lake.
Matt and Ruth posing in front of a formation.
Here is Matt posing with the Tufa at salty Mono Lake.
Mono Lake's mysterious scenery looks like something from another planet.
Here is a cool view of a mostly frozen lake.
Panoramic view of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. There were snow storms in the mountains, but we managed to stay out of it.
Matt & Ruth standing in front of the steaming natural hot springs at Hot Creek.
Here is Matt standing at the edge of Hot Creek with the Sierra Nevadas in the background.
All around Hot Creek are vents spewing sulphor smelling volcanic steam. If you can stand the smell its a prefect place to warm up your hands.
We decided against taking a dip in the Hot Creek. Maybe next time.
Boiling mud pours down into smaller pools and then into the creek. That area was blocked off because of the intense heat.
Here's just one of the many beautiful sights to see around Mammoth. This is Hot Creek winding through the snowy Sierra Nevadas.