January 23th-26th.2018

After almost 5 hours of driving I opened the windows of my wrangler (Jane) and got blasted with cold mountain air. I took an inhale and it felt like my lungs expanded wider than ever before. A big cloud of fog came out as I exhaled. We finally made it to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As we drove through Bishop I saw the signs for Mammoth Lakes, only 39 miles left to go.

I had the windows open and the heater blasting. Outside the temp was around freezing (32 degrees) and I was enjoying every minute of it. The cold is my heaven.

Before we knew it we were pulling up to Tamarack Lodge & Resort. Our cute little cabin was already warm and waiting for us. A one bedroom with a fireplace and NO tv! Perfection!

Tamarack lodge is tucked into the mountains just a few miles north of Mammoth Village. Surrounded by steep cliffs, pine trees and lakes, its a wondrous place to stay.

 

We unpacked, hit the grocery store, and then headed to the local brewery to meet with some friends.

It was midnight when I started pulling out the ingredients for a meal I had floating around my head.. Chicken & mushroom pasta with pink sauce. (Im planning on starting a section in the blog for recipes so stay tuned for that!)  After cooking, eating, and cleaning, it was 3am by the time we got to bed.

Not happy at all to be up before the sun, with 3 1/2 hours of sleep, I stuffed my face back into the pillows when the 6:30am alarm went off. Tig had to basically drag me out of bed and stick a coffee in my face. (I’m a grumpy morning person, especially with little sleep).

I was totally happy by the time we got to the lifts! For me its always a mixed feeling going up those. Its kinda cool but also kinda scary? lol. The views are always worth it though.
 

The first few times down we cruised & checked out the runs. Eventually we took the gondola up to the summit and rode the back side of the mountain to Outpost. By the way, they opened this amazing grilled cheese & soup cafe called the Melt Bar! Its at the bottom of chair 14. I recommend the Heirloom Tomato grilled cheese!

Riding always makes me feel calm. I see the mountains around me, feel the cold against my skin, and the wind as it pushes past my face. It brings me joy. I could spend the rest of my life on the top of a mountain. Its almost a form of meditation in itself. You have to quiet all the other thoughts and concentrate on the ride.

Top Speed this trip was 36mph!

After a full days ride, it was time to wind down with some yoga!! I had a perfect little porch to practice on.

 

After 2 days of riding and yoga I was packing the jeep back up and getting ready to head home. We considered staying a few extra nights but eventually decided against it.Jumping on the road as the sun set over the mountains, we began our journey south, back home.

On the way back home we stopped at this pizza place in Bishop and ended up eating pizza and playing arcades for almost 2 hours. By the time we got back it was 3:30 in the morning. With the moon & stars shinning brightly we made our way into bed and sleep came fast. The next time we opened our eyes it was morning in Los Angeles, the sounds of car horns and sirens around us. Home sweet home!

-Lexi from YogaDOM

Link to the VIDEO: Mammoth Lakes CA January 2018