View of Mono Lake from the Visitor's Center. 2 islands are visible, the left (black one) Negit, a volcanic crater, and the right Paoha, formed by magma .
We took everybody to Mono Lake, about half an hour north of Mammoth Lakes
to see this special inland salt lake. We went to the nice Visitor Center and down to the lake. At the lakeshore, we saw millions of black brine fly, and lots of seagulls eating them! There were also many Wilson's Pharalopes, they walked or dance around the water, and had a feast of the alkali flies and fly larvae. The seagulls would chase the clouds of flies, and snapped their beaks at them, just like we saw in the movie in the Visitor Center. The flies, although numerous, were not interested in people and did not seem as gross as otherwise this amount of flies would surely be. The water is at least 3 times more salty than the Pacific Ocean, because this is an inland lake with no outlets. The brine flies and brine shrimps are the special inhabitants of this lake, no fishes, but lots of birds migrate and stop here. The seagulls actually breed here, seems a strange thing to see seagulls so far away from the ocean.
In the evening, Eric, who was here in Mammoth with his friends for the weekend, stopped by to say hi to Larry and Cindy, since they hadn't met before. It's real treat to score another travbuddy meeting!
We looked at photo slideshows of Larry and Cindy's trip with commentaries, it was great to get a taste of what we are about to see, and to take notes on what we should not miss when we go!