Our days in Mammoth begin with a trip to the Looney Bean Coffee Roasting Co., centrally located on Main and Old Mammoth Road in the CVS shopping center. Service isn't fast, but the coffee is quality. Dark roast for me and an Americano for Chris.
With our drinks in hand, we drive a mile down Old Mammoth road to Mammoth Creek Road and park on the gravel parking spaces. This is the Hayden Cabin Museum Trailhead of the Town Loop. Heading east, the trail runs along Mammoth Creek. The trail is paved with off-trail sections down to the creek and to a bridge towards the historic Hayden Cabin.
The path is flat and easy. I even just walked it with flip-flops with no trouble. The trail is popular for dog walking and biking; while a few try fishing for trout.
According the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, Emmett Hayden, a mapmaker from Southern California, acquired a summer cabin lease in 1927 from the Forest Service and "built the structure from local logs and granite, by hand, over the course of 10 summers". Now a museum, the cabin displays historic furnishings, photos and artifacts from Mammoth's brief gold rush in the late 1800s and the decades that followed.
One time when we were walking through, the cabin area was set up with tables and tents for a wedding. Talk about a picturesque spot to tie the knot, next to a log cabin with the bubbling creek on one side and the Sierra mountains on the other.
Overall, the loop is a level, easy hike that displays so much of Mammoth's beauty without exerting too much effort. It's just at the edge of the city center and a lovely walk to start your day.
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The 22nd Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza is August 3-6, 2017 in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Here's what to expect.
Mammoth's Bluesapalooza is 4 days with 100 craft breweries and 15 mainstage blues performers, plus an acoustic stage.
The Pretzel Necklace
This marks our 6th year of attending Bluesapalooza and I've learned a thing or two. For instance, make a pretzel necklace. As the perfect compliment to beer, the classic pretzel will suffice or get creative with other treats like Slim Jims, pictured, or peach ring and Cheez-its. If you forget to make your own, you'll look onto others with envy.
The festival is held at what's called "Sam's Wood Site" a 7-acre wooded venue; dirt ground covered in wood chips. In keeping to it's natural form, the ground is uneven and there's the occasional rock outcropping or boulders. Therefore, I recommend covered-toed shoes. Style it up with some cowboy boots. Those who wore sandals had pretty dirty feet by the end of the day.
You'll see a lot of beer-themed attire
or just general weirdness
We have absolutely no idea why this guy was wearing a speedo, but, of course, we had to take a picture with him. I'm guessing that the notches on his back represent the beers he's tasted, but your guess is as good as mine.
It's a High, Dry Mountain
Just the base of Mammoth Lakes is at 8,000 feet elevation. Festival attendees are warned to pace themselves because high elevation intensifies the effects of alcohol. I have more of a challenge with the dryness. Mammoth Lakes can be exceptionally dry with the daily humidity levels in the teens. I found relief with lip balm and nasal spray. Moisturizer and eye drops also help. Pack a general antihistamine if you are sensitive to dust and pollen. And of course between the high elevation and the beer drinking, it's important to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and headaches.
Don't forget the music
Allen Stone; photo courtesy of Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
It's easy to lose track of the music during the grand beer tasting on Saturday, which, new this year, extended into Sunday. Allen Stone wrapped up the Friday performances and he was such a fun performer. Stone's music is definitely not blues and it's hard to distincting describe. His sound has been described as soulful and I'd say funk. One friend described him as similar to the artist, Jamiroquai. Stone was a lively performer wearing goofy high-waisted pants with a voice you just don't expect to come out of that body. I look forward to hearing more from him, but seeing him live is probably best.
Mammoth Brewing After Party
At the close of the festival on Sunday, the party doesn't stop. Steps from the festival and on the edge of the Village is Mammoth Brewing hosting more live music. Keith Greeninger, David Jacobs-Strain, and Bob Beach got the audience dancing with slide guitar blues. The food shouldn't be missed. The farm to plate salad and grass-fed burger are exceptional. The giant jenga game and corn hole provide additional entertainment. We danced, we drank, we played, we ate, and went home happy.
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Anna Fleming, the Curly Vagabond, roams like a local, searching for adventure, tasty cuisine and the best craft beer; all with a sense of humor and a budget any working stiff could appreciate. Home base is Oceanside, CA in North San Diego County.