Weekend Wanderer: Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes, California
At the age of 17, Caleb Diaz picked up his first camera and has never looked back. As a film student and photographer from Los Angeles, California, Caleb knows how to capture the pure essence and beauty of everything he sees. He just returned from an Instagram takeover in Mammoth Lakes, California as part of Alaska Airlines’ Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, make sure you’re following Alaska Airlines on Instagram.
Have you ever spent three days exploring a new town with a near stranger? This weekend I did just that.
When I was approached by Alaska Airlines to fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes as a Weekend Wanderer, I was thrilled. Mammoth Lakes is just an hour-long flight from my home in Los Angeles, and is perfect for weekend getaways.
I was even more excited when Alaska asked if I’d like to bring a friend to explore with me, and my mind started racing through all my adventure buddies. Choosing just one person was too hard, so I decided to do something a little different and reached out to a friend-of-a-friend, Florence. She wasn’t a complete stranger, but we’d never spent time together outside a group setting.
How would you feel if someone you didn’t know that well asked you to take a weekend trip together? Luckily, it turns out she was also looking for a little more spontaneity in her life and we sound found ourselves on our way to Mammoth Mountain.
Our first stop was to take in the sunrise at Wild Willy’s Hot Springs not too far from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Next we visited Hot Creek Geologic Site, fairly close to the hot springs. The view from the top of the cliffside is amazing as you see the winding river with the Eastern Sierra in the background.
The following day we spent the entire time exploring Yosemite National Park which is only a two-hour drive from Mammoth Lakes.
However, I was determined to catch sunrise at Glacier Point which meant we had to leave our resort at 3 a.m.
Sunset at Taft Point is just as crucial as sunrise.
Yosemite is breathtaking. I believe everyone should experience the sheer majesty of this incredible park.
Our last day was dedicated to exploring Mammoth Lakes itself. We took the scenic gondola lift up the mountain and spent sunset in the surrounding lakes.
Mammoth Lakes has a lot to offer year-round. And as far as my travel companion, let’s just say we are no longer strangers. Getting to know and travel with someone new was by far my favorite part of this trip.