Archive - Mar 19, 2011
Despite having a tiny campground right on it, despite being only a mile from Mammoth, little Sherwin Creek Road just to the southeast of town has a wild and lovely feel that makes it a great cross-country ski destination for an afternoon, or even for a day-long adventure.
The gravel road is covered in snow right now, making it a perfect place for skiing Mammothâ€™s spring snow.
Are we ready? Itâ€™s hard not to ask that question, watching the destruction, fear and grief facing Japan.
Deep down, Mammoth holds a large and uncomfortable resemblance to that island country, although the surfaces of the two areas couldnâ€™t be more different.
Unstable bedrock, an unquiet volcanic past; more than many places in the country, the Eastern Sierra shares a certain geological kinship with Japan. All thatâ€™s missing is the sea â€“ and many millions of people.
But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.
Donâ€™t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.
Mammothâ€™s bears are starting to wake up.
You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.
â€śThe life cycle is beginning again,â€ť said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.
â€śDuring the winter we kind of forget about them,â€ť he said. â€śI know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and itâ€™ll just freeze, and thereâ€™s no odor.
Maggie and Buck Wahl are back from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and those pictures on Facebook belong in a museum or something, sez us. ...
Good for Kelly Bahr, who as an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, did heroic work giving help to a Golden Eagle that was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 near Benton. ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy, and tests revealed the eagle sadly, had acute lead poisoning and it subsequently died.