Horses, Hot Springs, and Hiking
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We started the morning with breakfast between the grill and the convenience store before going on a self-guided tour of the historic part of Mammoth. We walked past buildings that once served the US Army when they were in charge of protecting the park at the beginning of the 20th century. Today some of the stone buildings house civilian instead of military families including that of the park supervisor.
After this walk we went for the short drive needed to reach the horse corrals. Later, the weather would cause the rides to be cancelled but ours was completed under nearly clear blue skies. We sat through the safety session and then headed into the corral where the stablehands led a horse over to each of us. My horse was a half-Belgian, half-Welsh pony named Bashful. I was actually the first person helped up onto their horse although I was able to get in the saddle easily. The wait for everyone else to saddle up wasn’t too long and then we set off on our hour-long ride.
We finished touring Mammoth Hot Springs next; we had missed the portion that links the Lower and Upper Terraces in our earlier ventures. Canary Spring and Jupiter Terrace are actually two of the most active features at the
We spent the afternoon at another thermal area:
We had dinner at Canyon and then headed to the South Rim for a good view of the Upper Falls and then after a hike down Uncle Tom’s Trail (over 325 steps), a fantastic view of the Lower Falls.
Another rain storm chased us back to the car; however, it was short-lived enough for us to see mule deer and elk on the drive back to Mammoth.