Almost every summer since we’ve met, Caitlyn and I camp at Twin Lakes campground. We love visiting Mammoth Lakes for all it’s small town charm. There are a bunch of kitschy places to visit that make it feel like home. Even the Vons that supplies the town has a vibe from before the 2000’s. There’s just something about this place that keeps up coming back year after year.
This was the first time we visited in the Winter together. As soon as we got into town, we headed to our usual haunt, Base Camp. If I had to have one kind of food for the rest of my life, it would be sandwiches, and Base Camp makes amazing sandwiches. After that we decided to go visit our campsite that we reserve at Twin Lakes. Luckily they clear the road just up until the entrance of the campground.
For the first time, we saw Twin Lakes nearly frozen over. What’s usually a vibrant body of water during the summer was a dormant sheet of ice.
We decided to park it and walk around for a bit. Since we got there so early, we make plans to walk the 2 mile trek to the top of the falls to see the view. As we trudged through the snow in our boots, all I could think of was the bullshit “I walked two miles in the snow uphill every day to go to school story” that everyone’s grandparents told them when they were kids. Why? We literally walked uphill 2 miles in the snow.
We stopped at Lake Mary along the way which was also nearly frozen over. After many stops because I had the absolute drunkest socks on under my boots. We finally made it.