Mammoth Lakes Insiders Blog

Mammoth Lakes Insiders Blog

Welcome to the Mammoth Lakes Insider Blog, where you'll find real locals writing about their adventures in the mountains and offering you trip ideas and tips to make your next trip to Mammoth lakes awesome. You'll find everything from outdoor adventures, local history, food and dining culture and even theater reviews.
Aug 26, 2014 / Betsy Temple-Truax

My family recently returned home to Mammoth Lakes from a week-long car trip through northern California and southern Oregon. It was a pretty impromptu trip—we had a general idea of our route and places we wanted to visit, but no firm reservations. We loaded up the car with our basic camping supplies, a cooler with a few provisions and a guidebook and hit the road. The experience reaffirmed how easy, inexpensive, and fun a family camping vacation can be! MORE

Aug 26, 2014 / Mike McKenna

Patience and Faith. They are simple enough words. Words that could easily be used to describe stuff like the tenets of the Bible, or they could be the names of a couple of cute gals working down at the local coffee shop. But when put together, and accompanied by beer and a tackle box, they usually become the mantra of fishermen: “Patience and Faith.” Of course other words like skill or experience, frustrated or foolish, lonely and lucky are often linked to anglers, too. Read MoreMORE

Aug 26, 2014 / Stacy Corless

Everyone goes to Death Valley in spring to see wildflowers, which this year delivered an early bloom. Many years in late winter, fields of Desert Gold blanket the alluvial fans and otherwise barren valley floor east and north of Highway 190 from Salt Creek to Furnace Creek. Purple phacelia punctuate the scene. Our spirits brightened by the color, we first-timers embarked on a laid-back weekend tour outdoorsy enough to be respectable in our hardcore hometown, yet touristy enough to give us a solid introduction to the national park and environs.

Death Valley is huge--3.4 million acres--so targeting just a few intriguing spots was essential. This itinerary took us to the heart of the valley and to the far reaches of Inyo County, sticking to main routes and mostly paved roads.MORE