March 18th, 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 Mammothâs spring snow.
Are we ready? Itâs 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 couldnât 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 thatâs 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.
Donât let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.
Mammothâs 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.
âThe life cycle is beginning again,â said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.
âDuring the winter we kind of forget about them,â he said. âI know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and itâll just freeze, and thereâs 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.
A family affair, with nephew Marcel Lloyd and daughter Emily Bridges
Every climber has probably wondered, at some point in an ascent, what would happen if he were injured, stuck on a narrow ledge far from help.
That is the setting of the play “K2” by Patrick Meyers, which will have a staged reading at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, March 26.
Actors Beau Bridges and his nephew Marcel Lloyd portray two climbers, Harold and Taylor, who are stranded on an icy shelf at 27,000 feet up the world’s second highest mountain.
A permitted burn on private ranchland last Saturday, March 12, was visible from Sherwin Summit and had several people calling in to report a fire. Mammoth Times Photos/Leslie Willoughby
Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.
On a blue-sky Sunday in New York City Mammoth runners scored high points in the New York Half-Marathon, March 20.
Meb Keflezighi finished 15th overall and second in his age group.
Alistair Cragg finished sixth overall and second in his age group.
Ryan Hall finished 21st overall and eighth in his age group.
For complete results, go to http://www.nyrr.org/races/2011/nychalf/
Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.
What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasnât.
Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half â with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses â just about everyone was none too pleased.
And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didnât help either.
Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film
Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.
Greg Stumpâs âLegend of Aahhhâsâ is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.
It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.
Try a trip down âThe Hoseâ
As if you didnât notice, spring skiing more or less opened this past week, with warm temperatures and longer hours of daylight.
For backcountry skiers, it is the best time of the year. The gullies and canyons are filled in with about as much snow as theyâre going to get, making the steeps a little less steep, with wonderful corn snow on the way shortly.
There are hundreds of great spots to ski in the spring around here.
But the Sherwins keep drawing us in.
Partly itâs because theyâre so darned accessible â right out our back door.