Welcome to the Snowcreek V Phase II (V2) Newsletter!
DATES TO NOTE
April 23rd 7 to 9 pm Ezakimak Challenge - backwards race in any mode: fat bike, cross country ski, snowshoe or run from the base of Main Lodge to Eleven53 under the FULL MOON OR take the Gondola UP to enjoy the Pink Moon from 6:30 to 10:30 PM
GRILL YOUR LINKS ON LINKS WAY - July 3rd
Bring your own BBQ items and an appetizer to share to enjoy the afternoon with fellow SCVers on Links Way -- like a Meet N Greet but during the daytime -- a tent & table will be set up-- more info as it is available ... stay tuned and mark your Calendars...
Scheduled SCV HOA meetings -
Board Meeting Friday Sept 2 at 4pm Board Meeting and,
Hello SCV neighbors - It's been a treat to enjoy both the sun & snow this winter. The mountains were lit up by the full moon in late Feb. And, March 6th brought us more pow, with more to come!
Light rainbow viewed on March 5th
Same View - morning after 'dump' on March 6th
This a rapidly changing weather cycle. As the Mammoth Lakes forecast is for wind/ snow then wind / sun then wind / snow (repeat)...
QUESTION: Do you know the status of your window latches?
See Clint's Corner (page 3) for how to prepare your home to deal with this weather cycle and wind.
Ready to take a break from the slopes? See Below field trips.
Enjoy a 30 second video on page 2 'skiing our neighborhood hill' a fun run for both man & dog.
Owners with dogs, check out page 5 for snow and travel tips.
Do One Thing! - to be prepared when disaster strikes, also page 5.
We also have a new restaurant review feature on page 6.
We welcome your input, photos, ideas and stories. We hope you will read on and enjoy our collective works. You are invited to submit photos and/or stories about your favorite animal or snow fun firstname.lastname@example.org. See page 7 for submission info.
Your SC V Newsletter Team (Robin L, Lisa P, Kathleen T, Mark S. and Judy T.)
If you just don’t feel like romping in the snow, or if the
conditions don’t meet your high standards, consider taking a day-trip to visit
the petroglyph sites near Bishop, or the Mono Lake Tufas, or the Crowley Lake Columns. A longer journey and more planning is needed to visit the Death Valley Super Bloom while it lasts. As
summer approaches the nice temperate days will turn into real scorchers, so now
is a great time to visit these fascinating ancient and geological sites.
Getting there: Take Highway
6 North from Bishop. Turn left on 5
Bridges Road and right on Fish Slough Road (RD.3V01) Along this dirt, somewhat washboarded road
(no 4 wheel drive is needed), you’ll pass 3 petroglyph sites, each with a small
parking area: Fish Slough on the
left at 10.7 miles; Chidago on the right at 15.0 miles;
Red Rock on the left at 20.7 miles.
Check with the Mammoth Visitors Center for a map. These sites are fragile and have been hit with vandalism, so their location is not advertised widely.
Getting home: Either
retrace the path to Bishop, take a cut road back to Highway 6 and head up to
Benton or back to Bishop, OR - - -follow the backroads ’til you hit Benton
Crossing Road, which will bring you back to the 395 via the back side of Lake
Plan for 2-3 hours from Highway 6. BTW - - - take plenty of water, but don’t
drink too much - - - no facilities!
Mono Lake Tufas - South Side
Take 395 North to the Highway 120 East - to Benton-
turn off (just before Lee Vining).
Signs may say the road is “closed ahead 5 miles”, but it is open far
enough to access the tufa viewing area.
Plan for about an hour to walk around the
entire area along well-laid out paths.
Signage is good, information is plentiful and the views over the tufts
toward the Sierras is spectacular.
A fee is required ($3/person) but if you have an Inter-agency pass, or similar annual pass just leave
it on your dashboard. (There is a sign
which clearly indicates which passes work at this facility.) Picnic tables and restrooms are available.
Crowley Lake Columns
These incredible stone columns look like part of an ancient temple but were created by cold water percolating and steam rising from hot volcanic ash. They survived due erosion-resistantminerals. They were buried until 1941, after the reservoir was completed.
March 4th - water is higher after melt
Feb 23rd, snow still covers most of lake
This excursion is only possible without waders if the lake level is down or with frozen ice on top. We had to step in about 3 inches of water to get around to the main features. Friends who visited just 2 weeks before showed us pictures with ice on the lake and an easier walk. The columns may be viewed in warmer weather by boat according to an informative 11/05/15 LA Times article on the geology.
The drive from Benton Crossing Road (aka Green Church south of airport) brings you right to the columns via a dirt road. But you will want to bring a high clearance 4WD with paint that you do not mind being kissed by the sagebrushwww.theoutbound.com.
Death Valley Super Bloom - take a one day detour on your way in or out of Mammoth...
The bloom has been going on for a month and is now moving north and to high elevations. Spring started early here and is still popping! Visit the NPS website for latest report and flower locations. You can arrive by car in about 4 hours from Mammoth (395S to 136E in Lone Pine to 190E) and about 4.5 from LA.
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