Labor Day in Mammoth

Where have I been over the weekend?  In Mammoth.  Our annual Labor Day weekend trek to the mountains for some fresh air, fishing, and outdoorsy type things.  A good time was had by all.

Sean got to go on an all day fly fishing expedition sans any children where he snagged a 22 inch Rainbow Trout. (Don’t worry, he released it.)

Sean and a big fish

That is the biggest smile I think I have ever seen on him.  Including on our wedding day. Hmm.


The girls and I spent that day with our extended family hiking to see Devil’s Postpile National Monument.  We took a shuttle bus into Inyo National forest then hiked .4 miles to the top of the monument and then circled around.  It took us about two hours including a nice break on top of the monument where the rocks are arranged in a honeycomb pattern.  It’s a gorgeous area.

Devil's Postpile

It’s also dusty.

Penny, covered in dust

The big girls did almost all the hike alone.  Ella got carried the last few hundred feet. (Yay for extended family!)

Penny and Ella caught by surprise, and me, standing like my father. sigh


Samantha, taking a granola bar mustache break

Penny traveled via the much-used Baby Bjorn.  We were all tired at the end of the hike.

Me and my girls and a log

The shuttle picks up and drops off at the ski resort.  In the summer they have fun activities like mountain biking, rock wall climbing, and zip lining.  The girls got in on the action.


Samantha really wanted to do the rock wall and, of course, Ella had to follow.  It didn’t go over so well.  Sammy made it about 3/4 of the way up before she looked down and decided not to go any farther.

Sammy's "holy crap this is high" moment


Ella made it up over my head.  She gave it a good try.  She kept losing her footing and spinning backwards. She turned herself twice.

oops, slipped

The third time, it was done.  This was right before the crying started.

About to cry

The zip line went much better.  They both loved it.

Ella on the zip line


post zipping Sammy

In fact, they loved it so much, we had to go back the next day and show Daddy.


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  1. Frank Huszar says:

    So what is wrong with the way your father stands? Looks great and very manly to me!

    Oh, you lost some more points and fell further behind your very fine sister in the will.

    Your Very Fine, Manly Standing Father

    • Jessica Anne says:

      That’s the problem, it is very manly. Unfortunately, I am not a man. It’s bad enough to grow older and realize you’re becoming your mother. Even worse to realize your becoming your father.

      And, as I’ve said before, I only need to worry about mom as far as the will is concerned. I’m playing the odds that you’ll go first.

  2. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Your dad’s comment made me laugh. Looks like a fun spot. Ken would have trouble choosing between fishing and hiking, climbing and ziplining.
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  3. Jen @ Lita's world
    Twitter: litasworld

    How fun!! I’ve never been to Mammoth and definitely think we need to make a trip there. I think my husband has done mountain bike riding there before I knew him.

    What fun to be outside with the girls getting fresh air, exercise…and DUSTY!! We visited my Grandsons at Cub Scout camp this past weekend and they couldn’t have been happier – happy to be able to get completely filthy and stay that way…aaah the joys of childhood :)

    You’re at least the 5th person who’s mentioned zip-lining to me this week…I’m definitely going to have to try it some day even though I’m such a chicken when it comes to heights!
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    • Jessica Anne says:

      You should definitely go! I love it up there!

      I love when kids get all dirty and filthy, it lets me know they had a good time.

      I haven’t done zip lining myself. The line was only 12 and under. :) It did look like fun, though!