June Lake and Bodie State Park
We stayed here because we had not seen the lakes here and wanted to use it partly as a convenient location for other side trip. For that purpose, it worked well.
While we were there, the first day, we went for a short trip to Mammoth Lakes area. We had been there for a number of days five years ago. We were looking for an RV accessory and thought we might find it there, but no luck. We drove up the road past Mammoth Mountain ski resort, and continued to Minaret Vista, which looks over the Minaret peaks and the valley where Devils Postpile National Monument is. Because of the virus, the only access to the monument was using your own vehicle and it was full, so we just drive to the vista, which is a great little spot.
After viewing Minaret Vista, we continued around the Mammoth Lakes Loop and the back to camp.
The next day, we visited Bodie State Historic Park. It is a ghost town that was a very large gold mining town. A lot of the town burned in various fires, but there is still a core of buildings standing. The state keeps them standing but does nothing to change them from how they were abandoned. There were plenty of buildings and sites to see so it's probably good there isn't more still standing. We have heard about Bodie SHP mostly from weather reports as it is often the coldest location in the continental US while Death Valley NP is the hottest, and they are separated by just 200 miles - and about 8000 feet of elevation.
We stayed at Golden Pine RV Park which is between June Lake and Gull Lake. This is a small RV park and our site was just big enough for our 19 foot trailer. We had to park across the street for our Jeep. They seemed to take good care of the place. While we were there, they had 2 sewer backups which were serviced quickly, as quickly as they could get the plumber there. They had an overflowing trash dumpster, so they added a second one. At least we had a small fire pit so we could have our small fire and s'mores. Because it was so tightly spaced. it was noisy and crowded, and we won't be going back there.
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Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.