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Comments on: From the Midwest to Mono: A journey A refreshing collection of all things Mono Lake brought to you by the Mono Lake Committee staff Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:45:54 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vic A Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:40:22 +0000 Hike 20 Lakes Basin in a clockwise path. You’ll never forget it…….serious enjoyment! View the stars from a campfire……a must.

By: Julian P Donahue Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:12:21 +0000 What a terrific piece, Adam. You and Mono Lake are both very fortunate to have found each other. Welcome to California!

By: Adam Dalton (MLC Intern) Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:32:56 +0000 Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. When I went to publish my article I had no idea it would elicit this kind of response but genuinely appreciate it. I am considering the possibility of adding a similar article towards the end of my internship to recap and reflect on my summer in the basin.

Sandy-I ran along the 270 up the mountains into Bodie during my long run last week and must say it is an amazing place. It a unique mix of historic, beautiful, and slightly eerie.

Mike-Thank you so much for sharing about your experiences. I am sorry for your loss, however your story is absolutely incredible. I will shortly ask Geoff to point me towards Tommy’s lakeside bench and make a point of visiting it on one of my upcoming runs. I’m just glad I was able to help you recall some spectacular memories and wish you the best during your return to the Mono Basin and in the interim.

By: mike lyons Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:34:54 +0000 Aloha from Kauai,
Hey Adam, sitting here on Oahu visiting to my frail dad, i opened the latest Mono news and happened upon your excellent journey!!! brought huge tears to my eyes…heres why…
My older brother tommy devoted tons of time riding the Mono lake bike a thon for years, always telling me about his endeavors to his favorite place on this planet. I was involved with my college life in santa barbara as were my 3 sisters, parents happily hearing from all of us from afar back in Hawaii. Tommy suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 1990 and sadly couldnt ride another bike athon. A couple dozen of us decided to do it in his honor as a tag team. I geared up and trained for months yet NEVER expected the hard yet unbelievable experience i would accomplish the first year. We stayed in Lee Vining for a week after the ride. After tommy passed the next year, my self and 2 of my sisters did the bike a thon individually, supported by a ton of wonderful humans. I can still feel my tired burning legs, the dry heat of Mojave, the kinship of all the committee people like yourself, and the magnificence of Mono. Not a moment goes by that i don’t think of all the glories of that amazing area and what Tommy fought to preserve. I’m stoked you have found Mono!!!! We cannot wait to return and sit on Tommys lakeside bench(ask Geoff if you havent already found it). we are trying to get there in september for sister suzies 50th bday. Thats where she wants to celebrate. Sincerely, i was meant to read your story and recall some spectacular memories about Mono. Thank you very much! Savor the moments…Mahalo Mike Lyons

By: Daryl Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:38:03 +0000 I agree with Phil. Excellent writing, Adam. It sounds like they made a great choice when they brought you on board. Your enthusiasm and sense of appreciation is inspiring. I look forward to your future writings, whether here or in other publications.

By: Sandy Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:17:18 +0000 Good story, Adam.

Mono Lake is my favorite place. I live in Las Vegas and discovered the Eastern Sierras in 1979 while stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. I will never forget my first drive through Death Valley. on the way to Mammoth and June Lake and seeing those glorious peaks off in the distance. Mono Lake is special and I do what I can to get there at least once every 2 years, if not every year.

If you haven’t already, check out Bodie.

By: Phil Pister Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:05:14 +0000 Adam: Excellent essay. Never underestimate the value of a liberal arts education. as you have surely found by now. I can identify with virtually everything you said. I did my graduate work not far from Mono Lake in the early 1950s and never left the area, working as an aquatic biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Savor your time out here east of the Sierra. Iowa will never be the same! Very best wishes to you and all the great people with the Mono Lake Committee. I have been over Tioga Pass every year of my life since 1933! Phil


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