June Lake Escape

N & I decided to get outta Dodge this weekend for a mini-vacation, and headed for June Lake. We’ve not spent much time in the Eastern Sierra this summer, due to family emergencies, business travel and work, so we’ve not had our regular Tioga Toomey’s fix, nor our big mountain vistas.

We figured a hike on Saturday was a good call, especially since Friday night temps were slated to be in the upper ’20s. Behind Silver Lake there’s a trailhead that accesses the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and we ended up doing a spectacular loop around Agnew & Gem lakes that plateaued out at 10,000 feet, with a 360 degree view that included Mono Lake and the Minarets. The leaves aren’t changing yet, but the colors were vibrant (blues and greens and greys and even some snow on the Minarets), and we even saw some bluebell-like flowers on the south side of Agnew lake.

But the best part of the weekend for me was the down time. We rarely do the hotel thing, instead preferring to car camp, but staying at the June Lake Villager was a delicious respite. While it’s no 4 star hotel, it’s clean, quiet, allows dogs, has 100% cotton sheets (versus the crunchy polyester ones so many motels prefer to use), and has cable tv! Topped off with a delicious dinner at the Double Eagle Resort, and I truly felt like I was on vacation.

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