Thursday, 25 October 2012

California part 3

Day 8
Woke to snow but headed to Bodie anyway, this ghost town in the mountains is an old gold rush place full of old deserted buildings and everyday stuff. As we got there the snow/sleet stopped and the sun came out, we walked round in wonder,another great place. Next we headed to Mono lake another (insert superlative here) place, it was covered in birds mainly Black Necked Grebes. The shore was thick with Brine Flies, fodder for the birds 
Bodie ghost town

American Avocet

Mono Lake

Wish they all could be

California Gulls

Black Necked Grebe

Ruddy Duck
  Day 9
Back to Mono Lake and a walk to Dog Lake in Yosemite and one of the highlights of the trip, a beer tasting session at Mammoth Breweries. Tasted 15 types, Epic I.P.A. was my favorite.
Brewers Blackbird

Death Valley

Day 10
Blasted down another scenic highway on our way to the well named Death Valley saw a Roadrunner on   the way. In Death valley we did a couple of walks, the only life forms in the extreme centre were Ravens. They made a living off the tourists it seems.