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Snow Removal Service in Mammoth Lakes

The pros and cons of hiring a Snow Removal Service in Mammoth: I’m staring at a foot of snow on the driveway that isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. It is heavy, wet and sticky and it’s a challenge that I have (foolishly) given myself. We did not hire a snow removal service this year.  For the past three winters we have paid, what seemed at the time, a reasonable amount to have a bobcat come… Read more.

2015 Kamikaze Bike Games

I am a compulsive volunteer. I work half marathons, Triathlons, Century Bike Rides, and disabled sports in both winter and summer. This year I had a little extra time so I volunteered to work the Kamikaze Bike Games staged here by Mammoth Mountain Ski Are. I worked in both reception and as a course marshal. The experience was a real eye opener to me. There were over 740  riders who entered some participating in multiple… Read more.

Fall in Mammoth Lakes

  As excited as I am for snow, I wasn’t so excited when it decided to mess with my plans for outdoor family photos. Every other year, in the fall, we get our family portraits done to capture the fall colors. So we planned to take our family photos with JoAnna Forsythe on Saturday. As Saturday approached, so did the threat of a storm. We rescheduled for Tuesday, and as Tuesday approached, so did another storm…. Read more.

El Niño Coming to Mammoth Mountain

Here in Mammoth Lakes, CA, there is lots of talk about El Niño this year.  And every time there’s an El Niño, there’s anticipation of a great winter with lots of powder days and epic stories.   El Niño is famous for disrupting normal weather patterns all over the world as a result of warmer than normal ocean temperatures in the Pacific. This brings rise to a greater than normal probability of monsoon like rains along… Read more.

Mammoth, Me, and the Black Bear

I have lived in Mammoth Lakes now for 20 years and every Spring I look forward to seeing Black Bears and their cubs. You really never know when or where they will appear, when they do, it is very exciting and you almost never have a camera handy. Only Black Bears now live in California. The last Brown Bear was shot in the 1920s. It is ironic that the Grizzly Bear is the featured symbol on… Read more.

Understanding Water Damage Hazards in Mammoth Lakes

Water damage to your property can be costly, and it occurs quite often here in Mammoth.  Our winter climate is much to blame, but also the fact the many properties are frequently unoccupied. The most common causes of water damage are caused by: – Frozen pipes – Appliance failure – Ice dams forming on the roof eves Water damage from frozen pipes is common and costly here in Mammoth. Water pipes which are inadequately protected… Read more.

Mammoth Lakes Half Marathon

There is a half Marathon every weekend in California this year. The Mammoth Marathon and San Diego Marathon is promoted as a challenge.  The Mammoth Half Marathon is a premier race event and the 2nd leg of the San Diego – Mammoth Challenge. The race is organized by the San Diego Half Marathon team. The San Diego Half Marathon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). 100% of the net proceeds from the Mammoth Half Marathon & 5K event… Read more.

Did You Hike With Your Dog Today?

With the end of Spring soccer season and barely a week break since school let out, the Godoy family headed straight into swim team season. (Go Sharks! – Mammoth Lakes Swim Team) The only time I’ve had a chance to peek in on local Mammoth events has been taking advantage of our local hikes with our new puppy (a tired dog is a good dog!)  The trails are filling up again with families as well as… Read more.

Mammoth Lakes 12th Annual VillageFest

Tucked high in the Eastern Sierras is one of this California’s best kept secrets. VillageFest which has been dubbed, “The World’s Highest Rib Cook Off” is about to enter into its 12th year and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Taking place at 8,050 ft. above sea level this free 3-day event takes place at The Village at Mammoth Lakes where local restaurants compete for the taste buds of the lucky public and the titles of… Read more.

Poking Around Mammoth’s Mines

Mammoth Lakes is well known for its numerous outdoor adventure options. But before Mammoth became a world class destination for recreation, it was a mining town. First founded in 1887, Mammoth became the hub for a number of mining claims of the Lakes District. Only after the Gold Rush waned in the early 1900’s, did adventuring tourists start to redefine Mammoth. One of my favorite adventures growing up here as a kid was to explore… Read more.