Bear with us! 

Photo by Boris Batchiyski

Every once in a while, sweet little bear cubs will make their way close to trails. When this happens, it's hard not to take a moment to admire them. Although it is important to be aware of dangerous animals, many time our fears run off of misconceptions.

For example, black bears (the ones most commonly seen in mountainous regions), are omnivorous but 80-90% of their diet is actually vegetarian. And, oftentimes, while warnings against feeding bears are made to protect humans, they're also made to protect bears! Bears can't tell apart the harmful products in your luggage or garbage, such as toiletries. When ingested, these products are detrimental to their health.

Additionally, with the urbanization of even mountain regions, bears are exposed to the fatal dangers of civilization. They fall victim to hunters, accidentally ingest litter, and tend to wander off into the roads where cars may hit them. So, we must be careful. While our wildlife is beautiful to watch, we don't always realize how much of it is endangered.

And, though we ourselves may be frightened, it's interesting to think of a little story my brother told me just the other day about his hike along a Yosemite trail. One of the only hikers on the trail that morning, he was walking along when he heard a rustling noise, a mild woofing and huffing. He turned around to see a large bear, picking around right near him. Initially shocked, he quickened his pace but continued looking back as he muddled forward. The bear continued picking around the brush, aware of his presence, even slightly posed in his direction, but not intending to take any action. He stopped to admire, and watched as the bear slipped away again, pawprints left in the dirt only inches from where his footsteps were imprinted.

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Sunrise at Glacier Point  

Photo by Boris Batchiyski

When at Glacier Point, you easily feel like you're on top of the world. At an elevation of 7,214 feet, it provides crystal clear views of the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and other well-known points of interest within the national park.

A free shuttle can be caught to the scenic viewpoint from Badger Pass, or it can be accessed via the Four Mile Trail. The Four Mile Trail is a moderate to strenuous hike leading from the valley floor to Glacier Point. Beware, however, as this trail is extremely hazardous during the winter months. The Glacier Point road is another access point, but is only open to cars late May through October/November, depending on weather conditions.

Although the main attraction at this majestic peak among the clouds is daytime sightseeing, it's also an ideal place for stargazing and for hiking (there are a couple of trails that branch off from the Glacier Point Road.)

But, we don't need to convince you. The view is enough to entice any adventure seeker. Click here to learn more about Glacier Point.

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Devils Postpile 

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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Get protected! 

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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Once in a blue moon... 

Xura | - 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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