Fine dining is an art. Both cooking and eating it! One must be in a meditative mindset in which the taste buds are wide open and the spirit is looking to be fed. So, without further ado, here are three of Mammoth's finest eating establishments:
1) Breakfast Club
Yes, like the movie. This quaint little establishment on Main St. is a gem. And don't be fooled by its subtlety, inside its doors waft the delectable smells of bacon and biscuits. And every dish is served in a hearty portion!
2) The Mogul
Log cabin on the inside, party on the inside. Not only does this joint have crazy good happy hour specials, but its got thick enough cuts of Porterhouse and filet to leave your mouth watering even once you're out of there!
3) Mountainside Bar & Grill
Perfect for family-friendly dining or for a casual date, this chalet-style dining establishment is located just at the base of the mountain and boasts a lovely deck where you can enjoy the fresh mountain temperatures.
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Getting in touch with the elements is more than just stepping outside for a breath of fresh air, it's wandering out onto the dirt terrain where it's you and the wildlife.
Ok, maybe that's a little extreme. But still, Mammoth has some pretty rad hikes. So here are our three faves.
1. Earthquake Fault Trail (0.2 mi)
Go ahead, give yourself a good scare. Make yourself feel like a daredevil just for BEING in California. Though this hike is no relief to the buzz about "The Big One", the fissure gives you a neat little inside look at the impact of earthquakes in the area and also makes for a pretty gnarly picnic spot.
2. Sherwin Lakes Trail (3 mi)
Though a little steeper than other trails in the area, it's definitely worth it. Meander through the aspen groves and poke through the different wildflowers around. This hike is also a great treat for birdwatchers.
3. Uptown Mountain Bike Trail (1.4 mi)
Test your endurance on this trail for dedicated cross-country riders. Although a bit of a climb, it's a kick when you get to coast your way back downhill to the trailhead.
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Photo by Boris Batchiyski
Ah, there's nothing like being in awe over a moonlit mountain range. That's why, on August 29, Mammoth Mountain is hosting the 11,053' Full Moon party.
Just hop on the Panorama Gondola to the top of the mountain at twilight to watch the sunset and, then, the moonrise. Then, you can enjoy the view and moonlight with drinks, food, and glowstick walk to the Lakes Basin Overlook.
Regular tickets run for $25 and are free for kids 12 and under.
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One must never underestimate the power of bad harmonies and classic tunes when on the highway to an unknown destination. And, anybody whose ever been to California or made the drive to Mammoth knows that its varying landscapes merit a jam session, especially when you're trapped in a tiny car bopping along through one of the country's largest states. So, here are some songs you need to have saved on your phone before you start your ride:
5) I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
There's no denying the hyped and Scottish charm of the Proclaimers. If you're a bunch of dudes getting ready for a weekend of skiing, remember your favorite ladies back home with this great tune.
4) Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
Maybe it's cheesy, maybe it reminds you too much of the movie "Cars", but I'll be darned if this song isn't just one enormous, corny, truthful metaphor about life.
3) Hotel California by The Eagles
How are you going to NOT do any air guitar solos throughout your entire ride? That just wouldn't be ride. Hotel California is a hauntingly beautiful song that'll make you feel sad, grateful, and nostalgic all at once.
2) I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
It's a long ride, might as well learn these quick lyrics and (simultaneously!) plan a great cross country road trip. "Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa."
1) Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Oh, come on! No explanation need. Master your four-part harmony and sing the best tune of all time, over and over and over again.
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California and wildfires and not newly acquainted friends, but rather longtime, frequently united comrades. And while for many years news outlets and advocacy programs have been urging residents to practice safety skills, we must inform potential tourists, as well. After all, when danger strikes in or around Mammoth (a tourist-oriented town), everyone must be prepared. That's why we've put together these fire safety tips for you. Stop, drop, and roll are important- but there's a lot more we need to keep in mind.
-Emergency kits are a must. In these include: personal documentation, medication, identification, canned goods, and water.
-Sit down with your family and come up with an evacuation plan. This only has to take fifteen minutes of everyone's time and can save a considerable amount of time when fire strikes and you must evacuate at the last moment.
-Keep your supply kits in or near the car so it can be grabbed when evacuation is necessary.
we know sometimes preparedness is impossible because you might be a visitor to the area where there's a fire, or be brand new to your home. So if you don't have an evacuation plan or supply kit, here's what to do:
-In urgent cases/if the fire is quick approaching, keep an eye out for news and authorities. They will escort you out of your home and provide you with shelter.
-If in the area of a fire, cover up doors/openings with towels so that embers can't get in.
-Move outdoor furniture, potted plants, and any wooden items either indoors or as far away from your home as possible.
Thankfully, our communities have been equipped with the proper people/resources to make fires as little hazardous an event as possible. Nonetheless, we must always be ready in warm weather conditions. You may call your local fire department for additional tips or the National Fire Protection Association at nfpa.gov.
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