Yosemite, Mammoth and Death Valley

Report courtesy of Sarah

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Day 1, Wednesday 
Distance Driven: 305 miles
Hotel: Apple Tree Inn
City: Fish Camp

The Plan

Wednesday morning we will leave Hermosa Beach around 10:30am.This leaves plenty of time for preparation and clean up of a healthy breakfast.  Not to mention a nice long walk on the beach.  Our first stop will be at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.   Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured.  All that, and its only the first day of our trip!  Next we will drive 275 miles north to Fish Camp for the evening.  With a one hour break for lunch we should arrive about 7pm.  We’ll be staying at the Apple Tree Inn which is operated by Moonstone Properties, the same people that operate the Cambria Pines Lodge that I love so much.


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