The dome is a hill of solid volcanic glass. Take Glass Flow Road (west) off US 395, eleven miles north of Mammoth Lakes. COLLECTING OBSIDIAN OR ROCKS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED."And that was all! Of course, the Devils Post Pile got a four page spread.
The Dome was on our way to June Lakes and we decided to have a look. Aren't we glad that we did. It was totally awesome.
Obsidian (or at least this obsidian - my experience is limited to one!) is like a black glassy rock. It looks a little like the a headstone for a grave.
Now imagine an entire mountain made out of this stuff! Here's what it looks like on Google Maps.
It is about a mile long and less than a mile wide, reaching a height of 400m at it's summit. I enjoyed this USGS site that gives great information about the Obsidian dome and other volcanic features that I've mentioned in the last few posts. (Yes, it even covers the Devils
Poop Post Pile!)
Due to the lack of information, we were unaware that a trail to the top even existed. Luckily, we decided to take a walk around the base. We hadn't gone too far when we were called into action for a rescue mission.
Another tourist had quite literally wandered off the beaten track and had gotten stuck on a log which you can just see peeking out from below the front fender/bumper.
I'm afraid we turned into total rock geeks.
After we'd explored the top of the dome to our satisfaction, (and wishing we'd brought a picnic) we hurried back to the parking lot, worried in case there may be a queue of cars backed up looking for a place to park.
From here, we continued north, bypassed the first turn-off to June Lakes and then turned left on the northern end of the loop working our way south.
I still found it hard to get used to the idea that there was no snow, yet some lakes were frozen solid.
One more travel post to go, (the trip home) then I really ought to get back to the garden...
Last week a fellow Master Gardener complimented me on my blog and told me she loves reading it. Such praise so valuable to me. Thank-you to all my readers for sticking with me!