I've been housesitting for my brother and his wife for a few weeks now while they're off galavanting in New Zealand and one thing I learned pretty quickly is that huskies - especially young ones - need A LOT of exercise. I'm not talking about the usual 1-2 walks a day that satisfy normal dogs. No, I'm talking about at least 3-4 HOURS (or more!) a day of good quality romping: wrestling with neighborhood dogs, chasing field mice, digging holes, climbing rock piles, going on adventures etc... If you need more exercise in you life, get a husky ;)
One of the main things I love about spending time outdoors is the ability to explore an area on your own terms and forge your own path if you wish - you can either stay on the well trodden track (which definitely has its time and place) or you can set off on your own and figure it out as you go. I grew up in a family that tends to do the latter, for better or worse.
Like the Crowley Lake Columns, I had visited the Skyrock petroglyphs last time I was at my brother's place in Mammoth Lakes. And because they're so cool (like the columns) I wanted to return for more pictures and to explore the area further. I tried to find out more information about the petroglyphs, but there is very little detail out there about them other than that they're really old and they were left by some Native American tribe. The Bishop Paiute Tribe don't lay claim to them as their own, so the mystery of their origin is unsolved (at least far as I can tell).
One of my favorite places near Mammoth Lakes, CA is the Crowley Lake columns. I wrote about them briefly here, but now that I'm back at my brothers place for five weeks while he and his wife are in New Zealand, I decided to go back and explore them again (this time without a bike...)
After my adventure into Death Valley, I made my way west to the small and not-so-well-known gem of Pinnacles National Park. It was Sunday, though, so unfortunately by the time I got there all of the campsites were taken (so much for being not-so-well-known....) The Ranger was nice enough to direct me to a nearby BLM campsite called Sweetwater, but of course all six of those campsites were full, too... Hunting season had just started. Thankfully, I was able to stake out a primitive spot up on a hill in back of the campground that overlooked a beautiful, green valley below. I had the sunrise all to myself the following morning. Everything works out one way or another :)
Several weeks ago, I got a random text from my brother asking if I wanted to housesit for him and his wife in Mammoth Lakes, California for 10 days starting that Thursday (the text came in on Tuesday). Since I work from home, I jumped at the opportunity of getting out of the city for two weeks and spending some quality time in the mountains with two loving kitty cats and sunshine. My plan was to do just enough work to get by and spend the rest of my time exploring the nearby trails and outdoor playgrounds. If you don’t know anything about the Mammoth Lakes/Bishop area, there are plenty of adventures to keep anyone occupied. Here are my highlights: