Photo by Boris Batchiyski
Carved by the venomous flow of lava thousands of years ago, the Devils Postpile National Monument is a tribute to the hauntingly beautiful rock formations of the Sierra Nevada. Long, columnar basalt formations make up the cliffside where lava once vertically cooled.
Not long after the presence of lava in the area, glaciers moved in, paving the way for a peaceful valley glorified by green meadows and gentle streams (much like the ones pictured above). Open only during the summer, the Postpile has become a haven for hikers, backpackers, campers, and horseback riders alike.
The best way to get to the Postpile is by shuttle bus. Shuttles leave from the Mammoth Mountain Adventure center and provide a quick and scenic trip to this Sierra Nevada gem. Click here to learn more about the Devils Postpile.
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Wet weather is coming our way! With the largest El Nino in recorded history possibly heading our way, it's best to stay protected. And, did you know, that with our new Cancel For Any Reason policy, you have no choice but to stay protected?
That's right, if you purchase CFAR when booking with us (at only 9.5% of your lodging total), you get 75% of your money back when you cancel. No questions asked. No excuses needed. Whether you've changed your mind, feel the clouds have rainy intentions, or just miss your dog- you're protected.
We keep things worry-free at Nomadness. When you reserve with us, you're automatically protected. Our mandatory $49 damage insurance fee covers up to $1500 in damages. Accidental breaks, spills, etc. are not your problem. And you don't need to worry when they happen. We've got your back.
Click here to learn more about CFAR.
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© Xura | Dreamstime.com - Full-moon In The Moon Valley. Atacama Photo
Everyone knows that philosophically uttered phrase, "Once in a blue moon." It's known as a way of describing an occurrence that doesn't come around very often. But, just how often is this Blue Moon? Well, the last one was in September of 2012. One will also take place next Friday. And, the next one is expected to occur in 2018.
Blue moons are only defined by the coincidental fortune of having two full moons in one month.
Don't be fooled, though. There is no definite time frame that predicts just how often these lunar phenomenons will occur. It's rather random, though it does average about every 2.7 years.
Despite the fact that we cannot pinpoint what qualities the moon possesses that fills our soul with a feeling of serendipity, there's no denying it's a magical happenstance.
That's why on July 31, the night of the next blue moon, Mammoth Mountain will be hosting the Blue Moon Summit Party. Hitch a panoramic gondola ride up to the top of the mountain at 6:30 p.m., where complimentary glow sticks will be handed out. Music, face-painting, and food and beverage concession stands will be all set up and waiting for you at the top of the mountain.
From there, you can enjoy the sunset and then let the full moon's bright light spill over you. Click here to learn more about the party.
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We all know the name John Muir as one associated with the well-preserved natural areas across the Sierra Nevada, and a reason for California's great national parks. However, how much do we really know about this brave advocate and unforgiving naturalist?
John Muir devoted much of his later life to petitioning Congress and other governmental bodies to preserve the natural beauty of places such as Yosemite, Sequoia, etc.
Although there were other naturalists in the country at the time well known for their efforts, Muir stood out because of his knack for journaling and documenting his encounters with quiet and coherent nature: "In the afternoon an immense shadow is cast athwart the plateau in front of the fall, and far over the fields of chaparral that clothe the slopes and benches of the wall to the eastward, creeping upward upon the fall until it is wholly overcast, the contrast between the shaded and illuminated sections being very striking in near views," writes Muir of his interpretation of the Yosemite Falls.
Muir's beautiful writing skills and impactful actions earned him connections, such as one with a professor at UC Berkeley, with whom he eventually founded the Sierra club. The Sierra club still stands today, with John Muir as its very first president, and advocates for environmentalism and conservation efforts. Not only is the club a saving grace for protecting the beauty of the Eastern sierra (and Mammoth), but it is a leader around the nation for setting environmental morals and standards.
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In our last entry, we told you about all the great music festivals that grace the grounds of Mammoth during the summer. And we don't want you to think we forgot the arts too!
The Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts and Crafts Festival takes place at Kittredge Sports the weekend of July 31-Aug 2. On display will be a variety of paintings, handiwork such as ceramics and jewelry, and more. Over 30 artists will be in attendance showcasing their talents, and instilling in us the creative spirit.
After all, isn't that why we go to the mountains? To get in touch with our basic elements and ponder vividly the grand canvas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Admission is free, so stop by. You never know what piece will speak to you.
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