Virginia Lakes

Virginia Lakes is actually a whole series of lakes that you can hike up to that are spectacular. The campground across from the cabins that are rented out on the lake side of the street are fabulous and as senior citizens, we were able to get a site for dry camping that was only $11.50 a night. The bathrooms were clean, even if they were very rustic, and our camp host, Kelly, loves her job and tries to be as helpful as possible. There is no phone or internet service, so you have to get off the grid.

We stayed for three nights and the second day we hiked to Frog Lake. Michael carried all of my camera equipment on his back, and I traded out the macro lens to the telephoto or the wide-angle lens at least a hundred times, and he was a good sport about it. The hike had some vertical climb to it but was well maintained and worth the effort.

We made it up into snow in July and came across an adorable, and very fat Marmot who looked to be having a fabulous day, basking in the ample sunshine next to a lovely waterfall. The wildflowers were blooming in a profusion of color and the mosquitos weren’t too bad. It was a beautiful hike and I was able to take lots of photographs.

Heading back down the hill the 3rd day, we had planned on trying to get into Tuolumne Meadows, but the smoke in Mammoth drove us away. It was the day before 4th of July, so we were fortunate to nab a spot at lovely South Lake right above Bishop.

Callie is having the time of her life and I created a nice bed for her up on the front driver’s seat. At night I cover her up with a blanket so that she stays nice and warm.

Baby Kestrel’s at Lake Washoe

I have shared that I, with the encouragement of Michael, am getting out my Nikon D70s camera more often now because it is better and I am able to use a telephoto lens on bird and wildlife. I also have a macro lens for flowers which is out of this world. When staying at Washoe Lake, there was a family of kestrels and the fledglings were just learning to fly. The parents would ask the babies to fly from one cottonwood tree to the next to strengthen their wings and force them to work before offering them the reward of a meal. They complained mightily about the injustice of it all, but the parents were persistent. As personalities go, one sibling was larger and more precocious than the other and the photograph of this baby should be compared to the one looking at me with an expression of, ” You want me to do what!”

After Washoe Lake, we went to beautiful Virginia Lakes and I took incredible wildflower photographs and a marmot that was hanging out by a waterfall. I will post them later. We are now at South Lake right outside of Bishop because of the fires in Mammoth. The smoke was so bad and so thick, all three of us were coughing and hacking. It is nice and clear and cool up at South Lake. We are staying at Creekside RV Park and did the 2000 ft vertical climb to the lake this morning. Wow!