Continuing our adventure taking the “scenic route” we travel on, and what seems like forever, make it to Lee Vining. First stop is the information center for Mono Lake. It is closed for the winter. The parking lot has a few vehicles in it; people resting or having a snack. The bathrooms are closed, but the garbage cans are available and I take a little sack of garbage over and rid myself of it. I can barely keep my eyes open so I give the boys a quick potty break then curl up in back for a nap. I don’t rest well, overly tired I think, but I force myself to just stay horizontal for about an hour.
Time to find a camp; it’s later in the afternoon and we need to find a place to park so I head back out to 395 and find Test Station Road which should take us to Picnic Grounds Road where there is supposed to be a campsite. A few miles in on Picnic Grounds Road I have to turn around as the creek in that area has a higher than normal water level and the road is closed. We turn around and head back toward the top.
I find several spots with what, to me, is too much sand and I will not attempt driving down them. I stop and take some long distance photos of the tufa towers along the shoreline of Mono Lake.
Read about tufa formations and Mono Lake HERE, and see some close-up photos of these interesting formations.
I find a very large parking spot higher up that even has a campfire ring so I know others have camped here. That’s all I need. It’s closer to 395 than I would like, but traffic noise is very minimal and we are calling this home for a few days.
The view is spectacular. Mono Lake to the front, the snow-capped Sierras behind.
Thanks for coming along on our adventure! Hugs, Shawna