24 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Lee Vining has some good no-frills motels with great access to Mono Lake and eastern Yosemite, but don't go there looking for great food. There isn't any.
Located at the base of the Tioga Pass road leading into Yosemite and overlooking Mono Lake, Lee Vining is a stopping point for many tour buses. The number of visitors stopping there perhaps make Lee Vining's small population more visitor friendly than they might otherwise be. It's worth taking the short walk from one end of town to the other. You will see good places to eat, trading posts, motels and of course the Mono Lake Committee Visitors Center, all with friendly people to answer your questions or offer their assistance.
Lee Vining is the home of the Mono Lake Committee. It is a nonprofit citizen's group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin Ecosystem, educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use, and promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas. Since 1978, the Committee has fought to protect Mono Lake from excessive water diversions to Los Angeles and based on their newsletter, they've done a good job of it. I first become acquainted with these guys while passing through Lee Vining on the way to Mono Lake. Seeing this ancient and alkaline "triple water" lake for the first time left a deep impression that lingers on my fingers as I write this post. Hence, it's only natural to support the Mono Lake Committee in their efforts. Between work, Earthwatch Trips, and the distance to get out to the Eastern Sierra, a occasional trip is about all that's possible. Beside the Lake itself, what will bring me back is the Mono Lake Committee's field seminars including photography, the bighorn sheep seminar/hike, and the Los Angeles Aqueduct tour. And of course, I'll stop in the Lee Vining Store and say Hi.