So here we are, on top of Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierras. Altitude is about 11,000 feet. And no, we did not climb that high – we are lowland dwellers at 800 feet, and not at all climatized to such height! – we took the gondola. Getting short of breath was a really great excuse to look around and take in the scenery, from beautiful flowers and colorful rocks, to marveling at the mountain ranges beyond mountain ranges beyond mountain ranges. You can see them on the horizon! Whew!
We hiked from the high desert with its low-growing plants into the alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevadas in California. Scrub gave way to aspens and pine, and soon we came upon the goal of this hike: a pristine, crystalline lake. If you look closely to the mountain in the “V” you will see the mountain stream and waterfalls which feed into Parker Lake. A two-mile hike at a high altitude (9000 ft?) was worth it all! Click to enlarge!