I’m sure you know all about the best laid plans of mice and men. Last weekend, we had every intention of heading out for adventure, but instead we ended up vegging at home, watching a movie, and generally doing nothing. So, when this weekend rolled around, and Tuesday promised to be halfway decent for hiking, we headed out to continue our exploration of our backyard.
The Little Lakes Valley (where we’re working) is a great place to start on a trailhead, since most of them are at least 10,000 feet. Alpine hiking can be drudgery when you have to go up 5,000 or more feet, but not all that bad if your overall gain is just a couple thousand. We made a 9 mile round trip jaunt past Ruby Lake, pausing for lunch at the highest point we’ve even been on our own volition, Mono Pass.
Most of the trail was clear, save for a snowfield at the top of the pass. We only passed a couple other hikers, and the weather held out, although the skies looked very threatening. Our valley is just so darn pretty that it was all I could do to pace myself on the picture-taking. It was a wonderful outing and awesome hike.
Work is coming along swimmingly, especially since we are getting more competent and knowledgeable. With the warmer weather, we are starting to see more customers, and in a few weeks, the season will officially be in full swing. The full contingent of employees has arrived, and we all alternate between working in the store, restaurant, and cleaning cabins. The work is demanding and physical, but we like our co-workers, and the friendly King family owners. We especially like when a delicate, non-savable cream pie remains unsold at the end of the day, and we get to enjoy it for crew dinner!
Here’s some scenes from our workdays:
And now, a brief commercial:
It’s not all hard work, though; we also have a lot of fun with our co-workers, fitting in a quick game of wiffleball after dinner, or going for walks at nearby Rock Creek Lake.