The California Port of Entry is right on the shores of Topaz Lake, and is quite small, but every time we pass through this inspection station I am always concerned about what questions they will ask.....almost as much as when we entered Canada last July. The last time we were asked if we had any Christmas trees with us.....wait, what? This time the one and only question we were asked was if we had any firewood. Sometimes the questioning is quite extensive, but this time all I had to do was answer "no firewood sir", and we were on our way back into the not so "Golden State".
We glided through Coleville, Topaz, Walker, and Bridgeport. We like Bridgeport, and had planned to stop here for lunch, but parking along the street was impossible this Monday, and I didn't want to venture on to any side streets in this very small town. TLE managed to snap a couple of pictures as we passed through.
Back in the 60's when we were on our way up to Lake Tahoe we would almost always spend a night near June Lake before continuing on to Lake Tahoe. I love the June Lake Loop, and if you ever get a chance drive it....you will not be disappointed, no matter the season.
Pretty soon we had reached the last summit of the day, Dead Man's Summit, just a few miles north of Mammoth Lakes. By 2:30 we had arrived at Mammoth Mountain RV Park located just on the outskirts of Mammoth Lakes Village. We have stayed here often over the years. It is quite expensive at $45 per night, but it is the only game in town right now.....everything else is "closed for the season". This RV park is pretty empty as we are in between seasons here. There were probably less than 10 RV's in the entire park, so we pretty much had our pick of spots, and chose a water/electric site on the pavement so we would not have to unhook our trailer for the two days we will be here.
I know, we're kind of stretched across several sites, but that's the advantage of being here in the off season.....plenty of room for us.
Around 5:30 we drove into the "Village" for some drinks and an appetizer at Gomez' Mexican Restaurant.....one of our favorite dinning places in Mammoth......and whenever we are in Mammoth we have a meal here.
Well, that's it.....we are officially back in California, if only for 2 months, but we have returned, and I know our kids and grand kids are waiting for us to get it into gear and just finish the drive home.....right now we are about 300 miles from home, and it looks like it will take until Friday for us to cover that distance.
Thanks for stopping by!