Mono Lake, part 2

After leaving the Forester at the overflowing Lee Vining Creek, I pedaled the Ogre on dirt and gravel “forest roads”—no trees—around the southern shore of Mono Lake to the main tufa area. (See part 1.) These impressive spires and towers of carbonates grew underwater and emerged when the lake level gradually receded over the years. Nowadays they make fantastic hunting grounds for photographers, and I was not the only one there wielding a camera.

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5 response to "Mono Lake, part 2"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 20, 2019

    Great trip is correct!
    Beautiful photos — the tufa is particularly interesting — and the Sierras in background of several photos.
    So, water diversions werent from the lake itself (way too alkaline) but from sources flowing into the lake, hence the lake level declined.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 21, 2019

      Right. Otherwise LA would have just stuck a gigantic pipe into the lake and sucked it dry. See the old Jack Nicholson movie from 1974, Chinatown.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 21, 2019

    That place is ugly. That place is ugly. That place is ugly. If I keep saying it enough, I won’t feel so compelled to ride my bike there as soon as humanly possible.

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