ON A RECENT SPRING MORNING in Mammoth Lakes, frost covers the tree branches and the creeks are still frozen from the winter cold. The sun is just beginning to shine, rising above the White Mountains on the horizon.
Before heading up to Mammoth MOuntain to ski, I take a walk with my dog, King, on the trail that winds its ways along Mammoth Creek. King, a black labrador retriever mix, stretches his legs and rolls in the snow before taking off in hot pursuit of a blackbird. Behind him the towing peaks of the Sierra Nevada range glow in the early morning light. Looking at this view, I’m reminded that for Mammoth locals, the biggest dilemma we face each day is deciding which of the area’s many possible adventures to pursue.
On a Grand Scale is a Mammoth Feature published in Alaska Airlines Magazine. Read the digital edition here.