"...I decided to visit California for a year or two to see its wonderful flora and the famous Yosemite Valley. All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world's wildernesses I first should wander."
--John Muir (1868)
We spent the day Thursday driving down from Carson City (where we left the trailer while we visited the Bay Area) to the Mammoth Lakes area on the eastern side of the Sierras. We are camping for a few days at Convict Lake before moving to a campground closer in to the town of Mammoth Lakes. Convict Lake is really beautiful (and we hear the fishing is good), but just after we got here, the smoke started blowing over from the French fire over on the western slope of the Sierras (very near where we camped at Huntington Lake just a few months ago). That fire is growing rapidly and it is just 40 miles away from us as the crow flies.
Here is what Convict Lake looked like yesterday morning:
And here is the same mountain today:
The air smells very smoky and we are going to avoid going outside much today. I am really disappointed that there may not be much night photography opportunity for me to try out the new fast wide-angle lens I just purchased on Ebay :-( On top of that, our refrigerator conked out on us yesterday and we are awaiting a part (fingers crossed that it fixes the problem) to be delivered on Monday. Altogether a bit of a disappointing start to our stay (but it STILL beats working!)