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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.

Mammoth Fall Century and Grand Fondo

It is now late April and the time to decide if I will put my body through a summer of conditioning to be able to ride the 103 mile course that starts in The Village in Mammoth and ends there sometime between four and ten hours later. The course has a start and finish altitude of 8074 feet. Over the entire race course the gain in altitude is over 6,000 feet. You will not be… Read more.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

I got involved with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) last year for the first time, after living in Mammoth for 19 years. The only regret I have, is that I waited so long to get involved. Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer based nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities. DSES offers year round sports and activities, which create inspiring challenges which are made possible by providing expert… Read more.