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Finally Exploring Mono Lake
Greetings from South Lake Tahoe. Sorry but today is yet another one of "those" days, where I am running around and have so much to see and do (and to share) yet not enough time...yet Heck I still need to wrap up the scoop that I mentioned yesterday!
Ahhhh - such is life when you are always on the go (talking about myself in third party).
As a dear friend just told me last night "Your life is more interesting than a movie"!
Enjoy these few photos for now. I expect to have more time to catch you up on everything later this afternoon (Pacific time).
In front of Eric Schat's Bakery - nothing vegan here. It was all for Dave C. (c)travelincousins.com
South Tufa, Mono Lake (c)travelincousins.com
We made it! (c)travelincousins.com
Groupie shot (c)travelincousins.com
Kissing the sun (c)travelincousins.com
Catching the sun (c)travelincousins.com
A reflection is like 2 for the price of 1! (c)travelincousins.com
If you only knew what had just happened to me (c)travelincousins.com
On our way out of there (c)travelincousins.com
And of course you can also expect more pictures!!
So this is pretty much where I cut it short earlier today. And now I'm back to fill you in and show you even more...
Well as you can see the decision was made to not ski yesterday and to go explore the South Tufa at Mono Lake instead. In all the years of going up to Tahoe (17yrs) I have always seen pictures of the South Tufa, but had never got there in time to actually go and see it...Until yesterday!
I was in the drivers seat and did all of the driving as the gang fell in and out of their day of napping.
Aside from potty breaks our first stop wasn't until Schat's Bakery, which was quite busy at lunchtime (when we got there).
Then after only about hour or so on the road, we had arrived!
Dried flowers in the foreground, Tufas in the background (c)travelincousins.com
Once parked in the day use fee parking, we strolled and snapped (pictures) along the 1 mile trail up to the lakeshore. Reading posted placards along the way and learning about the sad human history that took place at Mono Lake.
Walking along the lake (c)travelincousins.com
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin.
The City of Los Angeles diverted water from the Owens River into the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913.
In 1941, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power extended the Los Angeles Aqueduct system farther northward into the Mono Basin with the completion of the Mono Craters Tunnel between the Grant Lake Reservoir on Rush Creek, and the Upper Owens River.
So much water was diverted that evaporation soon exceeded inflow and the surface level of Mono Lake fell rapidly.
By 1982 the lake was reduced to 37,688 acres - 69 percent of its 1941 surface area. "By 1990, the lake had dropped 45 vertical feet and had lost half its volume" relative to the 1941 pre-diversion water level.
As a result, alkaline sands and formerly submerged tufa towers became exposed, the water salinity doubled, and Negit Island became a peninsula, exposing the nests of California gulls to predators, and forcing the gull colony to abandon this site.
And then in more recent history:
The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially replenish the lake level.
Dominic breaking in his new camera (c)travelincousins.com
It's like looking at glass (c)travelincousins.com
Brotherly and sisterly love (c)travelincousins.com
Wielding the power of the sun (c)travelincousins.com
Oh btw - I was also found out that I'm scared of Jack Rabbits!!!
Reading the placards (c)travelincousins.com
More Tufas (c)travelincousins.com
We still had a couple of more hours on the road before our arrival to our resort. I whipped up dinner for the crew and then got into my new super comfy ski jammies. Then finally my day was done and so is this post.
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Pampering Day and Warwick Castle
I have to tell you, today just does NOT feel like Saturday. Some weeks I feel off and this is one of them. All week, the days have felt unlike themselves.
Well, in any case, it IS Saturday and I've got a day of pampering in store for myself.
First off to get my hair done at Ismari's Hair Place in Oceanside, which should take about two hours. Then, I'm off to have a manicure. I always manage to throw in a 20 minute back massage as well, which just feels so nice!
Note from Elisa: It's Saturday, the snow has finally melted and the temps are bearable here on Long Island - may I suggest that you do something nice for yourself to relax and rejuvenate!!
The balance of my saturday will not be as relaxing, as Kelsey has a project due on Tuesday, so we will be making a trip to the craft store to buy supplies for her to build a replica of Warwick Castle.
Not my favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening, but one of the joys of being a mom.
But, since I have to partake in building this landmark, I thought I would tell you a bit about it.
Warwick Castle - medieval castle in England (photo credit: wiki.com)
A medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068 Warwick Castle is located in the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon.
According to Wikipedia, "The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture.
It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group."
Subsequently, Warwick Castle has changed ownership numerous time, and today it is open to the public, having been taken over by Merlin Entertainment, as an entertainment park.
(photo credit: jdtravelservices.co.uk)
I did get a jump on organizing my events schedule for the balance of the month, which includes the following:
* January 17: Snow Shoeing Class at REI, Carle Place
* January 26: Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay My kids already told me that they have absolutely no interest in learning about snow shoeing, but I'm not giving up quite yet!
Tonight, I'm going to attempt to carve out a few hours to watch the movie, Dirty Dancing with Kelsey, since she enjoyed the live performance so much at the Tilles Center last Saturday evening.