Saturday, August 24, 2013

Things to do in Mammoth, part V: Biking the Lakes Basin

Catch up on the rest of the series here! 
Rather than do breakfast in our condo like we'd been doing since arriving in Mammoth, we decided to grab bagels and explore the Village when there were no people around.

One of the coolest things about the Village was how they catered to families with young children. Every restaurant has a play area with toys (a lot of times it was a sandbox), there was a few sets of corn hole, a life-size chess set, Ping-pong, and a giant Jenga set. Tim won.

Since Daisy was still clearly recovering from the days before, we left her behind in the condo while we rented bikes to explore the town. However, we were pretty sore and tired too, so rather than ride along any of the hundreds of trails throughout town or in the mountains, we did the "lazy" thing: we loaded the bikes onto a trolley, took it to the highest lake in the lake basin, and rode the whole way downhill! 
It was the best way to do it, in my opinion. We would have loved to do the bike park at Mammoth Mountain, but there's no way we could have done it in our condition. Maybe next time. On the Lakes Basin bike trail (it's really a paved path, as you can see), we were able to coast most of the way down, and we still got to see gorgeous lakes and rivers along the way. We were like kids again, jumping over rocks, seeing who could  off road the steepest dirt hill, etc. Uh, Tim won that one too ;)
The trolley was free, it picked up every thirty minutes or so, and we were able to ride up and down the hill a few times in the four hours we had rented the bikes. Best sixteen bucks spent. 

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