Well, on my way back from a family reunion in Utah last week we decided to spend a couple nights in Mammoth Lakes. We just left there yesterday morning as a matter of fact. The road to Devil's Postpile is still closed for both snow and repairs so I didn't take any of my backpacking gear. They are still skiing on the slopes at Mammoth, although brown patches are showing through in some places.
My daughters, along with Vixen and Ari got plenty of time to play in the snow, which they all loved. The dogs couldn't get enough of it. Anyways, as we were driving back from a day in Bodie we passed a cool looking road at the Conway Summit, called "Virginia Lakes Road". We followed it up to the end, where it stopped by the Virginia Lakes and Trumbull Lake. I figured, "what the heck", and took Vixen on a short 2.5 mile hike to see how she did at altitude. Granted, neither of us were carrying any gear aside from a few small supplies and emergency gear on my part. The hike went well, Vixen was off-lead almost the entire time and put in about 4 times the mileage I did.
She had a blast and showed no signs of getting tired. I think part of what wore her out on our hike in Carmel was the hot weather. She absolutely hates warm weather.
On this hike the weather was sunny, 45-50 degrees, and absolutely perfect for hiking. We were at 9,800-10,000' in elevation and there were still a lot of snowy patches to cross. We went up past Blue Lake and eventually turned around and came back since I'd left my wife, kids, and Ari in the truck and didn't want them to worry. Vixen and I could have kept going for days. Hehe.
I'll post some pictures but before I do I have a quick question...If we do a late season hike like end of September or even beginning of October, will all these little creeks and streams we saw be dried up? That would be sad because they were beautiful.
Oh yeah, and there were ZERO bugs.
Vixen at a little stream above Blue Lake:
At a pond below Blue Lake:
Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the camera lense had a smudge on it until I downloaded the pictures at home. I forgot to add, at one point she took off after some small critter but came back very well when I yelled at her. I guess her recall has been improving without me realizing it. Haha.