Best part is that on the back side of the break I'm ready to face the world again, to get back into training and to be super enthusiastic about bikes and stuff!!! It's about 400 degrees here in Orange County though... so that's making the mountain biking a bit hard!
|Best bike for Mammoth right there... Felt Decree, I love you!|
When the enduro was over we got to ride the gnarly trails used in the race, and I had so much fun remembering how to hick and loft the Decree off the numerous ledges and rock drops on each run. That bike, it just knows what to do. Only downside to the day was riding into a pole at the bus stop in town IN FRONT OF A BUNCH OF PEOPLE and tearing my knee up, and ending the day with serious 'park claw' where your hands are stuck in braking position from too much shredding :)
|One of the coolest parts of Mammoth is there are incredible sweeping views pretty much everywhere!|
|Those tacos... seriously unbelievable. I didn't even want to eat mine for fear it would be gone...|
|This was how the hot water got into one of the hot springs, by flowing down the creases in this awesome rock!|
After our last campsite breakfast which was devoid of yogurt but complete with scouring maps (because that's what we do), Menso and I drove up and over Tioga pass into Yosemite. I'd only been to Yosemite once in my life, and had never been over Tioga pass so there was a lot of oooh and ahhhing from my side of the van, plus lots of other weird noises that mean I was blown away by the beauty of the rocks and trees and mountains and waterfalls and stuff... :) Menso was nice enough to drive the whole way to Santa Barbara mostly because if I drove us through Yosemite we surely would have crashed multiple times. How is it so pretty there?
And because we couldn't help ourselves, we stopped one last time to hike around Tenaya lake, which I now want to name my second daughter after. We ended up hiking IN the lake as much of its south-western shore was knee deep a ways out. And then there was some lake yoga, and some feet dragging as getting back in the van meant leaving the Sierras and heading into the desert to get home. Fortunately there was still a lot of Yosemite to drive through, so a ton more weird noises, some quick view point stops, and a bit of tourist traffic helped ease the pain of leaving the mountains.
|The view down into Yosemite Valley. I could look at this place in real life all day!|
|Oh and we HAD to hike to Bridal Veil Falls really quick on the way out... :)|
|Boring, flat, brown dead grass as far as the eye can see.|
|Mountains to sea in one day.|
And that's that! The second trip was 13 days long, we crammed 7 bikes and 2 people worth of camping gear in the van, ate about 7 large containers of yogurt and 4 boxes of fizzy water were consumed. We swam in 6 bodies of water, took 6 showers ate at Stellar Brew 5 times, and had a blast spending time with team mates and all the other amazing people who came to Mammoth for nationals. I wish I could wrap everyone up in my van and take them on our post Mammy adventures because the last two days really were the highlight of the trip for me.
At the very least, please promise me you'll go eat those Lee Vining fish tacos people!!!