Camping at Annett’s Mono Village

by on August 3, 2011

The Gorgeous Eastern Sierra's

We finally made it up to the mountains! Yeah.

And, we introduced our dear friends, Steve and Wendy Friend, to this awesome place along with their son, Jackson and his best friend, Max. Needless to say, they all loved it. Another yeah!

We headed out at the crack of dawn on a Wednesday morning. OK, OK, maybe it wasn’t that early, but we were on the road by 6:30 (I was on time for a change) and we were at the rendezvous point for the Friends at 7 AM. Unfortunately, they were not there. Little did we know, they were having issues with the car carrier that goes on the roof. We decided to just meet at Mono Village (Tom needed to do major arm twisting to get me to agree to this!).

So, off we went at about 7:10. It was a rather uneventful trip until we made it to Sonora for gas and a Latte at our favorite place in Sonora.

Schnoogs Espresso & Smoothie Р1005 Mono Way, Sonora Р(209) 533-2486

I had a cappuccino and Tom had a latte and we both had one of the best bear claws I’ve ever tasted. Delicious! Then we got gas at the Valero station, I took us on a detour (What else is new?!?) and Tom got a wonderful torch lighter for $5.99 that he raved about the whole time we were there, to anyone who would listen.

Finally, we were really on our way and Tom drove to whole time. Awesome! It was particularly beautiful once we made it up past Kennedy Meadows. There was plenty of water in the Stanislaus River but hardly anyone in the campgrounds or on the river as it was mid-week. What a shame, as it looked like there were plenty of fish in the water to tempt the hardy fisherman.

It was smooth sailing all the way. We arrived at Annett’s Mono Village at 12:30 PM. Not bad, considering the stops we made along the way. Check out time was 11 AM and Check in is at noon so as far as I was concerned, it was perfect timing. Unfortunately, our favorite campsite was already taken but we managed to find another awesome sight (honestly, it’s pretty hard NOT to find an awesome sight). We were right on Robinson Creek again and ready for plenty of fun. Steve and Wendy showed up half an hour later and got the campsite right next to us. About an hour later the tent was up and the equipment was out and we were ready to enjoy all the mountain have to offer. Steve set up his fishing pool and on his first cast he caught a fish. It was only 5 or 6 inches in length but that was pretty cool. He spent the rest of the afternoon exploring our little stretch of the river. I read and relaxed until it was time to get dinner going. We dined on chili-cheese dogs that night with a lovely salad with cranberries and toasted pecans. The s’mores were incredible as we played cards and talked about what we would do the next day.

Thursday we made the trek to Barney Lake, about 4.5 miles from the trail head. This is a beautiful high mountain like set against a stunning back drop. We enjoy a snack and some water and then began the trek back to the campground. I had not done my hikes before, to get ready for such a long hike and I was feeling it at trails end. Ouch! We did enjoy pizza’s cooked over the coals. They were great.

The next day we enjoyed a shorter hike up Horse Creek to admire 5 spectacular water falls and high sierra wild flower displays. It was incredible. As a treat, we hiked back to the ‘Bear Den’ and enjoyed a swirl cone. It was delicious. That night we pigged out on Spaghetti loaded with turkey and veggies. And the boys enjoyed the last of the s’mores. It was really something.

Finally Saturday rolled around and it was time to pack up for the long trek home. We were out of there by 11 AM and home by 4:30 PM including a pit stop in Sonora (Tom had to get some more of those lighters and I HAD to have another Bear Claw. Yum!)

We are already planning our next trip for August. Can’t wait!

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