Gateway to Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park
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We traveled to Lee Vinning which is the home of Mono Lake. Having left Yosemite and driven through Tioga Pass (Highway 120) through the park, we eventually made it to Lee Vining which is the gateway to Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake. The town of Lee Vining is located at the base of the Sierra Wilderness below Tioga Pass. We made a stop because we had seen on our map, that there was a lake worth visiting - Mono Basin. Since we had started off with the thought that we would be touring Mammoth Lakes, we decided we would not spend a lot of time here, which we didn't.
We arrived at the Mono Lake Visitor center a little after 1:00 pm and got some basic information before driving down to the actual lake. It was interesting to see from a distance, the white substance sticking out of the lake like mushrroms. We ere eager to find out more, but we did not want to hike down the guided hiking trail. The lake apparently is one of the oldest in the western hemisphere and is absolutely beautiful from a distance, but not so much up close. The substance we saw sticking out of like mushrooms is known as Tufa. Read my review on Mono Lake for more information.
There is a museum inside the information center where you can see more of the tufa and read more about their formations and the history of the area.
The town offers restaurants, a market, service station, two information centers and different accommodation options.