Thank you Mono Lake Committee for all your good work, and thanks for providing good, free WiFi.
As my passanger slept, I drove 395 up and down a few times. Upon taking the Mono Lake access road, finding out the hard way about the speed gaps in the road. While resting @1am on the shoulder between Mono Lake Park and 395, I began to experience the overwhelming bugs and mayflies attracted to the Iphone screen and my nostrals, eyes, and mouth. Once wuickly learns the folly of mouth-breathing.
When driving back to town passed the Mono Lake Inn and then the Tioga Lodge, I heard and felt the cool water of the Post Office Creek pouring over a cement waterfall and Geo-marker, but did not yet stop.
I chose a passing turnout with a lake view near the roadway railing and took down the top to the Mustang Convertable to witness a Vivid SKY bright with th MILKY WAY in all directions, many shooting stars which changed directions towards volcano cones, and planets so bright they seem to be flickering.
I was only scared away by falling rocks from acrois the street which sounded like we were being hunted my a very large predator; Bear, Cougar, or BigFoot.
So i drove into town as we did not have a hard top vehicle. Cheveron is very well lit, and the shell gas pump has loud voices from the commercial advertise it plays all night long, which made me feel more safe. But still no cellular service to make even a single call nor any open wifi at @2:30am.
I only meet one person in Lee Vining which was the hesitant aging male owner of the Lake View Lodge asking if I can buy the wifi password for $20., then was gven the incorrect password of 'lakeviewlodge.'
So, Hector still sleeping, I parked infront of the MONO MARKET, and started filming Tiktok for others to feel the hopelessness of the situation. I ate some Mango Chimoy and gained some courage to go park at the Post Office Creek Waterfall Marker next to Lake Mono, to film at Sunrise.
I filming twilight, the Post Office Creek on both sides of 395, and the sunrise over both.
We left Mono Lake without going back into Lee Vining.
I am lucky to have seen Mono Lake and Post Office Creek before the Earthquakes swallow everything up, forever.
Keep up the educational, research, and legal efforts !
MLC, too, has played its part in my appreciation for the lake and its ecological significance. My local Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon formed in 1978, as did MLC, and I can remember inviting Dave Gaines to be one of our first speakers to talk about the lake and what it would take to preserve its natural values. We were an early MLC supporter, as were the other Audubon chapters in the Los Angeles area.
I’ve been to the lake many times since, of course, but the last few years have been extra special. The birding field seminars have been a great draw. Extra special though, have been the guided field trips led by Nora Livingston, the very first of which my friend Evi Meyer and I had the honor of booking. Each time we have a chance to go out with Nora, we jump at it. And each time, she is well on her way to mastering the intricacies of some new field of natural history. I’m looking forward to our visit in August. What surprises are in store?
Our Information Center & Bookstore is temporarily closed.
Highway 395 & 3rd Street Lee Vining, CA
We are the headquarters of the non-profit group working to protect and restore Mono Lake. We are happy to answer questions, help plan outings, and provide Chamber of Commerce information. We also show a free 27-minute film called The Mono Lake Story. The bookstore offers a comprehensive selection of books in addition to t-shirts, maps, and gifts. Free wireless internet is also available.
Tap the locate button in the top right corner of the map to display your current location and the stop closest to you. Or, choose from one of the stops listed below.
Old Marina is both an easy way to access Mono Lake, and also the site of important historical events that shaped the protection of Mono Lake. There is a fee of $3.00 per car to park at Old Marina as it is part of the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve; the site also has public restrooms and a picnic table. For directions to Old Marina, click here. Continue reading Visiting Old Marina
Welcome to Mono Lake County Park! County Park features a boardwalk that leads through the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to the lake, offering stunning views and birding in a variety of habitats! The county-operated portion of the park also has a shaded lawn, picnic tables, a playground and public restrooms. For directions to County Park, click here. Continue reading Visiting Mono Lake County Park
Welcome to Mono Lake! You can use this site to take a self-guided tour of Mono Lake, find directions to popular locations around the lake, and find a list of other resources to help plan your visit. If you have any questions, please call our office at 760-647-6595.
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