Lake Tahoe to Mammoth

From Lake Tahoe we travel south towards the town of Mammoth, which is near the entrance to the Yosemite National Park. Most of today we spend on the road, following rocky rivers and with sometimes spectacular views of valleys that are yellow and orange during this autumn season.

When we wake up we find that it has been snowing; winter is approaching and soon Lake Tahoe will be a center of winter sports.

When we wake up we find that it has been snowing; winter is approaching and soon Lake Tahoe will be a center of winter sports.

Yellow leaves color the landscape.

Yellow leaves color the landscape.

The colors of autumn create surprising views in the landscape.

The colors of autumn create surprising views in the landscape.

Rocky rivers winding between the hills and mountains.

Rocky rivers winding between the hills and mountains.


The road follows a river.

The road follows a river.

Yellow color of autumn in the valley

Yellow color of autumn in the valley

The beautiful colors of autumn.

The beautiful colors of autumn.

The beautiful colors of autumn.

The beautiful colors of autumn.


Deers running away in the distance.

Deers running away in the distance.

From a distance we see the Mono Lake.

From a distance we see the Mono Lake.

The shores of the Mono Lake have a special type of vegetation without trees.

The shores of the Mono Lake have a special type of vegetation without trees.

A close-up view of the Mono Lake.

A close-up view of the Mono Lake.

The shore line of the Mono Lake is black. This is because it is covered in millions of tiny black flies which form part of this lake's special ecosystem.

The shore line of the Mono Lake is black. This is because it is covered in millions of tiny black flies which form part of this lake’s special ecosystem.

We are very happy that these flies like to sit where they are and don't want to sit on us.

We are very happy that these flies like to sit where they are and don’t want to sit on us.

An earthquake has split the rocks in the middle of this forest near Mammoth.

An earthquake has split the rocks in the middle of this forest near Mammoth.

The bark of a tree. Not only the landscapes and forests, but also these smaller details are interesting features during the holiday.

The bark of a tree. Not only the landscapes and forests, but also these smaller details are interesting features during the holiday.

This view from a mountain top near Mammoth shows ragged peaks in the distance.

This view from a mountain top near Mammoth shows ragged peaks in the distance.


The light effects of the approaching sunset tell us that the day is almost over.

The light effects of the approaching sunset tell us that the day is almost over.

These mountains near Mammoth offer excellent winter sport opportunities during the winter months.

These mountains near Mammoth offer excellent winter sport opportunities during the winter months.

Mammoth is a winter sports town and has many hotels and lodgings to choose from. We will stay here two nights because tomorrow we will spend the entire day visiting the Yosemite National Park. Goto Day 9.