But...some very nice scenery as we travelled, including some terrific vistas of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
When we finally got to Mono Lake, we stopped at the Visitor's Center to see what the big deal was. Great birding location.
Years ago, the lake was much higher, but LA came and grabbed a couple of the input streams and diverted those waters down to their city for the water supply and Mono Lake levels dropped. Since then, they've recovered somewhat due to a new agreement between LA and Mono Lake. I'm over simplifying what is a BIG history lesson.
We only stayed long enough to view the lake and walk through the center....we still had a few hours left to travel ahead of us.
Call them weird, call them bizarre, call them what you will, but the unusual rock formations that grace Mono Lake's shores are known to geologists as tufa (too'-fah).
Tufa forms in a variety of ways at Mono Lake, but the most visible and remarkable formations are the towers that grace Mono's shoreline.
The greatest concentration of these towers is located at the South Tufa grove just off of Hwy 120 East, at the south end of Mono Lake.
As we climbed out of the valley, we tried to get some photos...but...did not happen.
Nice journey and a nice stop.