Weekend Wanderer: Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes, California

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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.

Hello, Caleb here! I'm thrilled to be the #WeekendWanderer. I will be traveling around Mammoth lakes as well as exploring Yosemite for a day! I can't wait to show you guys what I have planned for this trip! Stay awesome everyone.

Hello, Caleb here! I’m thrilled to be the #WeekendWanderer. I will be traveling around Mammoth lakes as well as exploring Yosemite for a day! I can’t wait to show you guys what I have planned for this trip! Stay awesome everyone.

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.

Morning light over Hot Creek in Mammoth is phenomenal! I'm really enjoying being @alaskaair 's #WeekendWanderer tomorrow is gonna be a full day at Yosemite and y'all know that gonna be good haha. Stay Awesome guys.

Morning light over Hot Creek in Mammoth is phenomenal! I’m really enjoying being @alaskaair ‘s #WeekendWanderer tomorrow is gonna be a full day at Yosemite and y’all know that gonna be good haha. Stay Awesome guys.

We all know about a ripple within still waters. But what about a ripple within restless water? A ripple in still water creates boundaries and friction. A ripple in restless water pushes away what's already fluid in motion. I wanna live a life pushing the boundaries that where placed by any negativity and discouraging subjections. I wanna create my own path to flow through life and make a difference. My own ripple in time. Stay awesome.

We all know about a ripple within still waters. But what about a ripple within restless water? A ripple in still water creates boundaries and friction. A ripple in restless water pushes away what’s already fluid in motion. I wanna live a life pushing the boundaries that where placed by any negativity and discouraging subjections. I wanna create my own path to flow through life and make a difference. My own ripple in time. Stay awesome.

The following day we spent the entire time exploring Yosemite National Park which is only a two-hour drive from Mammoth Lakes.

Headed to Yosemite National Park for the entire day! So excited to show my travel companion, Flo, the park for the first time!

Headed to Yosemite National Park for the entire day! So excited to show my travel companion, Flo, the park for the first time!

However, I was determined to catch sunrise at Glacier Point which meant we had to leave our resort at 3 a.m.

Made it to Yosemite! First stop, Glacier Point. Definitely worth waking up at 3am to catch the sunrise over Half Dome. stay awesome everyone!

Made it to Yosemite! First stop, Glacier Point. Definitely worth waking up at 3am to catch the sunrise over Half Dome. stay awesome everyone!

Sunset at Taft Point is just as crucial as sunrise.

Sunset at Taft Point, not a bad place to spend my birthday in. Stay awesome everyone!

Sunset at Taft Point, not a bad place to spend my birthday in. Stay awesome everyone!

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.

Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra is a beautiful place to go fishing or simply just get out in the water.

Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra is a beautiful place to go fishing or simply just get out in the water.

Final spot on my trip was the actual mountain. Took a gondola ride courtesy of @MammothMountain . During the off season you'll find people cycling down the mountain. It's been an amazing privilege being able to explore Mammoth and the surrounding areas. As always, stay awesome everyone!

Final spot on my trip was the actual mountain. Took a gondola ride courtesy of @MammothMountain . During the off season you’ll find people cycling down the mountain. It’s been an amazing privilege being able to explore Mammoth and the surrounding areas. As always, stay awesome everyone!

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.

This weekend was exactly what I needed. It's so nice to get some time away from the chaos of the city and just explore nature. I'm grateful for @AlaskaAir to be given the opportunity of being the #WeekendWanderer I genuinely mean that. Stay awesome.

This weekend was exactly what I needed. It’s so nice to get some time away from the chaos of the city and just explore nature. I’m grateful for @AlaskaAir to be given the opportunity of being the #WeekendWanderer I genuinely mean that. Stay awesome.

3 Comments on “Weekend Wanderer: Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes, California

  1. This was wonderful to read! I want to be a Weekend Wanderer too! My husband and I will be empty nesters before we know it!

  2. A nice little getaway ..while I eat lunch ! Thank you! I have visited both locations , but not at those hours, lovely to see!

  3. I so enjoyed seeing Mammoth Lakes.
    My little great -grandson lives there. I hope to visit there next spring.

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