(Lee Vining CA)
After boondocking for two days overlooking Mono Lake, I went to South Tufa Viewpoint to see the famed tufas. The strange rock formations jutting out of the lake and onto the shore were fascinating. A trail took me along the beach and through the tufas.
They were not what I expected; perhaps because of other blog posts I have read. Still, it was visually exciting with the contrast in textures. Although at times, it seemed a bit fantastic and mysterious to be walking amongst them.
The drive to Navy Beach, on a narrow two track road, had bushes scraping the side of Tardis, grrr. Hours of compounding and polishing removed most of them. And, except for the sand tufas, it was the least interesting area.
The brine flies were not an issue when I visited in mid-May. And finally, the weather co-operated and provided a nice day for a stroll on the beach and photographing the rocks.
Although I was still ahead of schedule, I wanted to be up higher in the cool mountains rather than in the desert. So, I continued on up US-395 to my next camp by a river.
Camp: Boondock-Inyo NF
Scene: Lake, beach, tufa rocks