In 2006, we were gifted an older model pop-up tent trailer. By this time, our little R was about 18 months old, and a little better in the car. We were getting antsy to try our first camping trip with our daughter.
|Our trusty pop-up trailer|
We decided to try a new campground, recommended by neighbors, even further north. We camped at Lake Mary Campground, near Mammoth Lakes, California. It was absolutely gorgeous. The lake was crystal clear, and surrounded by tall pine trees. There were sheer granite cliffs, reminiscent of Yosemite.
|Beautiful Lake Mary|
We learned from friendly, experienced, CA campers nearby that there were a few first come, first served spaces up for grabs. They told us to go around the campground quickly, and if we saw an available site, to stay there and take it. They were so nice, they even loaned us a folding chair to "reserve" our spot while we ran up to fill out the paperwork & pay. Boy were we rookies back then! Thanks to this sweet older couple, we scored a lake-front spot. Thanks guys!
We ended up having the most fantastic time. Even several visits from inquisitive and hungry black bears didn't put a damper on my great time. I was thrilled to see nature so close. My husband, on the other hand, tells me these bears are what first made him think he'd like to have a hard-sided r.v. before coming back to this area.
On our trip, we took many beautiful hikes through meadows, stuck our toes in icy mountain lakes, relaxed in our hammock, and just enjoyed the family time with our young daughter.
|Exploring Convict Lake, just a short distance from Lake Mary|
|Scenic out-looks at every turn in the road|