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Monday, April 15, 2013

M for A-Z Challenge

M-Mammoth Lakes, California

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a small area of only four square miles. It's full time population is only about 8,200 people but it gets 1.3 million visitors in the winter and 1.5 million visitors in the summer. That is an average of 2.8 million visitors each year! Well I don't think you have to guess what fuels this little area's economy.
There are more than 4,500 rental units in Mammoth Lakes here is one example...... 
The Village lodge in the summer
 The Village lodge in the winter
 and more that 64 restaurants with a variety of themes and menus from Traditional, American, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Thai and French but the big money maker is the, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). The 13% tax is added to the rental of any lodging facility and campgrounds for stays.
Of course in the winter it is all about skiing
but in the summer it becomes the Kamikaze biking challenge

A formation created by a lava flow, how many years ago is in dispute but anywhere from 100,000 to 760,000 years ago. 


Mono Lake
Is a large, shallow saline soda lake that was formed at least 760,000 years ago. There is no outlet to the ocean so high levels of salts accumulate in the lake. Believe it or not this alkaline lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters
and provides habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. 

Rainbow Falls

 the San Joaquin River tumbles over an abrupt 101-foot drop, sending rainbows of color into the mist and making for perfect picture opportunities.
Listen if that high rental tax is a problem you can always do it the old fashion way...
Happy Trails




Granny Annie said...

Wow, what a beautiful and interesting place! I am guessing that I could not afford to stay there even before the 13% tax was added on. The bicycle video had me saying "Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!"

Lady Di Tn said...

So far we have gotten to travel along to several states and I am enjoying it very much. Peace

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh there are so many places that I want to see! sandie

Nancy said...

Devil's Post looks similar to Devil's Tower, located in northeastern Wyoming.

Poke The Rock said...

i love how it looks in winter! but jaysus that's a lot of tourists in one year!!!