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I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never visited this area during the summer. I used to come here frequently to ski since it is the nearest major ski area to Southern California, about a 5 hour drive. So this portion of our summer itinerary was built around a stop in Mammoth Lakes. We parked at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Sadly, one of the major areas I wanted to visit here, Devil’s Postpile National Monument was closed to allow for repairs to the road that leads to it necessitated by winter storms. But there’s still plenty to see and do here.
Once again we are here at Lake Tahoe (pics) for some skiing. The ski season has been a little dicey so far with limited snowfall. This is representative of the serious drought that has gripped California.
Malbec wine and Mendoza. The two are inextricably entwined. Mendoza (photos) is unquestionably the wine capital of Argentina. There are over 1,000 wineries in the Mendoza province that are responsible for about 70% of the total wine output for Argentina. The Malbec wines put Argentina on the map in the wine world but Mendoza is producing a wide variety of red and white wines.
The fact that anything at all can grow in Mendoza is owed to a network of irrigation canals or acequias. Mendoza gets very little rainfall, less than 8 inches annually. All of the vineyards and the entire town get their water from these canals which are supplied with water from the nearby Andes precordilleras or foothills.
Returning to Cusco from Puerto Maldonado, we crossed the Andes, topping out at over 13,000 feet above sea level. At the peak, it was snowing.
This is the Tahoe version of April showers. I think we’ll go skiing.