So, back we went, again covering some of the roads we’d already ridden. But they were beautiful roads with some awesome twisties and gorgeous mountains and rock formations.
|More postcard shots. The colors were vivid and it was hard to leave this spot.|
We stopped at a pullout at the top of a canyon and walked about taking photos of flowers and mountains. The noise was deafening and there they came. We were treated to fighter jets whizzing by, up and around and through the canyon lying in front of us.
|This looks like multiple flowers, all in one. It's a Desert Five Spot.|
|The cut of the road added to the beauty of the area, in my mind anyway.|
|When we got up it looked like snow all around the bikes. Cottonwood trees ... ugh!!!|
|We got there and parked in the lot. There weren't many people around yet, which was pretty nice. This path leads you down to the tufas, and I was looking forward to walking around through all of them.|
|These cream-colored rock towers are called tufas. The towers reveal where springs once emerged beneath Mono Lake. As the lake level dropped the tufa towers were exposed and the springs that formed them dried up.|
|Mono Lake is too alkaline for fish, although it is full of other creatures ... we only saw some birds and bugs.|
|The tufas are all over, and have some incredible shapes.|
|It's like a forest of tufas has sprung up out of nowhere.|
|I couldn't stop taking photos of the lovely things.|
|The mountains provide a nice backdrop for many of them.|
|I also had to try a black and white ... this looks like a little city on the ground, complete with skyscrapers.|
|I couldn't help taking so many photos of the tufas while we were here as they were truly fascinating. Plus, it was great fun to walk all around the place and parts of the lake and beaches.|
After visiting Mono Lake we still had plenty of daylight left and decided to take a run around the June Lake Loop. There are a number of little lakes, a town, and even a place for lunch.
|Even the dogs get into fishing around here.|
|This was one of the most incredible waterfalls I've ever seen.|
While there I got a phone message saying my battery and charger had been found and I could send a self-addressed box and they’d drop it in the mail for me. I called them and told them I’d be by to pick it up … after all, Beatty was kind of on the way back to Phoenix.
|It's some beautiful country around here.|