My summer is complete although there's still a month left. I haven't posted much because I haven't had anything interesting to share, until now. This past weekend we went on a family trip to the eastern Sierras, Mammoth Lakes, CA. Our plan was to go fishing and hangout, while I included mountain biking. This trip was rekindled from the Eshita tradition that my wife's family grew up on. This was my first time here and I'm glad my family and little girl are able to keep on with this amazing trip.
We headed out for the 6.5 hour drive on Thursday morning and arrived right in time to check-in at our condo. Soon after unloading our crap-load of gear, we set off to Von's grocery store to stock up for our meals for the weekend. Since the wifey, grandma, and grandpa started the Whole30, it was by default that the entire weekend would be clean and fresh food, even for the two non-paleo eaters. I think our weekend of good food may have just converted the bro and sis-in-law to try out the whole30. The revolution has begun and it will be successful.
We went fishing at Rock Creek Lake on Friday. One thing they sure made me aware of was that we had to be there early and that means before the sun rises early. So there we were up at 4am, out the door by 4:45am, and at the lake at 5:15am. I was starving and this is way beyond my normal day of living so I try my luck and request for some breakfast and at the very least, coffee! But NO! The response was, "GET YOUR LINE IN THE WATER!" Good thing I listened because within 5 minutes I caught my first trout and that just started the onslaught of fish we caught. In total we caught 18 rainbow trouts. We were in for an amazing dinner that night. All in all it was a great experience and a notch above fun, whatever that may be.
Saturday was here and I was like a kid going to Disneyland. I've gotten addicted to mountain biking and a lot of
bikers that I talk to always rave about Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. The
ski resort is converted during the summer months to accommodate us risk takes. I know the resort is amazing during the winter, as it
is my favorite place to go snowboarding, but now I have to include it as
the best place to go mountain biking. I took my brother-in-law with me
and it was his first time ever mountain biking. My gut feeling was just on point, he took it in stride and rode as if he's been doing it all his
life. What a great experience I had and I'm glad I shared it with him. During our third run we even caught a glimpse of a brown
bear. I did, by the way , lie to him. He had asked me the day before if
the trails were narrow and ride along the a steep cliff face. I
reluctantly said "no", because i did know what to expect. We ended the
day by coming down from the peak and straight to the condo. On that last
run down I felt like a pro-rider and figured I could haul ass down the
twisty single track. That was a bad idea because I lost control, got
parallel to the ground while in the air, landed hard on my shoulder, and
somersaulted a couple times. It was my first hard fall on the bike but
well deserved, my ride is complete and thank goodness all i got were
scrapes and bruises.
After an amazing weekend of fishing and riding it all had to come to an end. Sunday we took the 6.5 hour drive back home. I will say one thing, I will be back Mammoth and it won't just be for the winter. Thank you Grandpa, Grandma, Kris, Sonia, Avery, Nolan, Ally and Cailey for an amazing family trip that will continue in the future.