Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekend in the Eastern Sierra Wrap-Up

I always seek out the Starbucks locations wherever I go. There were two that I found in Mammoth Lakes, one in a shopping center and one right in the resort.

This is the shopping center that has their main grocery store, a chocolate shop, a movie theater, and a used book store among others.

There was this cute little place that was in the center of the shops where people could drink their coffees. It was decorated with an alpine theme. But of course. We were in the mountains!

Another fish statue

This was a worker bear at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I bought some fudge, a giant peanut butter cup, a dark chocolate turtle, and a caramel apple. Yummy!

This cute little bakery had a restaurant but it was closed midday. But their bake shop was open and I bought some very good cheese bread and fresh orange juice.

The next day, I drove over the Sonora Pass just to find a "free" route between the western and eastern regions of California. This route passes through Bridgeporte. When I go back to the Eastern Sierras, I may use this route if I am not going to Yosemite.

On the way back I stopped at a roadside restaurant in Strawberry, California. Fun name.

This was the view from my table. Pretty!
Overall I had a wonderful time in Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, Bodie, and all the other towns I passed through. I do want to do this vacation again someday. And I would love for it to be when it is snowing.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mammoth Village Resort

Don't feed our bears?!?

Starbucks! It's always just what I need.

Holy cow!

These bears were very nice. They didn't growl or claw or anything.

This hotel tripped me out so much. It looks just like the Grand California Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The rooms are above shops and restaurants on a long strip, like Downtown Disney. They have a station where you catch the ski lift (like the Monorail) and they have a stage area for performances. It really was bizarre, almost like being in a parallel universe.

Tikis, too?!? What is this place?

One difference was that Mammoth Village has some play areas for kids and families.

Am I in Anaheim? What is even going on?

If you look closely, you'll see a mouse. No, not Mickey!

My lunch at the hotel was a vegetarian sandwich.

This guy was in one of the gift shops.

So many plush friends were for sale. I mean, come on, what is this place?

And of course they had a candy shop! I had to inspect the candy apples just to make sure they didn't have characters on them.

California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes

Whenever I am near a California Welcome Center, I always stop in to get information, collect maps, and buy postcards and souvenirs. I want to support my state!

There was an interesting fish sculpture.

I met a bear who is almost as famous as I am!

I'd love to volunteer here. Do they hire teddy bears?