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Holiday shopping: Locally-made gifts

Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee! If you are looking  to support small local businesses and Mono Lake this holiday season, we have you covered; our 2016 Fall Catalog features a great selection of gifts from local artists and authors.

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holiday-beard-balmOrganic whipped body butter: Living at high altitude we’ve become connoisseurs of good lotions and hand creams to get us through the cold dry winters, and nothing beats this organic whipped body butter from our friends at Joyous Organics in Mammoth Lakes. Choose between citrus vanilla and jasmine fragrances—each crafted from therapeutic-grade essential oils, and packaged in a glass jar.

Mountain man beard balm: Finally, the perfect gift for the mountain man in your life! This organic balm is made locally (more…)

Fall 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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newsletter-fa-coverOne day last fall, all together, the Mono Lake Committee staff trudged out to the exposed landbridge area between Black Point and Negit Island. It really was a trudge. Not only is it a deceptively-long distance through undulating gravel berms from previously-higher lakeshores to even get out to the exposed lakebed, but once you get that far it turns into an obstacle course of thick, slick mud. It was a chilly and windy day, so we were all bundled up from head to toe, which made it difficult to walk and talk. So, we waddled, swished, and crunched our way out there somewhat meditatively.

It’s an unfamiliar thing—going out to see something you’re not excited to see in the Mono Basin. But we knew we needed to see it—plus, there were wildlife cameras to check and (more…)

Holiday shopping: New and exciting books

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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It’s always fun to browse the book selection here at the Mono Lake Committee’s Information Center & Bookstore whether you’re looking for a new field guide or a book of poetry, our diverse selection has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite reads published in 2016 that are featured in the 2016 Fall Catalog.

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Celebrate the National Park Service centennial with two great books about our National Parks. First, Committee member and wilderness advocate Terry Tempest Williams takes you through America’s greatest treasures in The Hour of Land. She beautifully reflects on her time at 12 different (more…)

Overnight snow blankets the Mono Basin

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

For days we have all been constantly checking the weather forecast, refreshing radar maps, and hoping that the predictions of an inch or two of snow would deliver. This morning, I pulled open my blinds and my jaw dropped. There was about half a foot of snow on the ground and I was thrilled. Having grown up in Georgia, any amount of snow is exciting for me, but this amount of snow—especially during this five-year drought—made me giddy. In my excitement, I actually took out my cross-country skis and skied along the road to the office before it was plowed! Along the Highway 395 corridor, between seven and 12 inches of snow fell overnight. (more…)

Visit Mono Lake’s State Park for free on #GreenFriday

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Turn this year’s Black Friday into #GreenFriday with free admission to more than 100 State Parks around California, including the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

Come visit Mono Lake's State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Come visit Mono Lake’s State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Here’s how: Go to the #GreenFriday website and select a park you want to visit. Enter your email address and then print out a pass (based on availability) to display on your dashboard. The offer is limited to one pass per email, and it’s good for Friday, November 25, 2016 only.

Of course, we think you should visit Mono Lake’s State Park, but there are 280 State Park units located all over this beautiful state—this Find a Park feature can help you find the closest one to you.

This offer is thanks to a partnership between Save the Redwoods League, the California State Parks Foundation, and California State Parks. Snag your free pass now—last year they went fast. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy #GreenFriday!

Holiday shopping: Gifts the kids will love!

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Season’s greetings! The holidays are just around the corner and our fall catalog features gifts the kids will love. From familiar local animals to books that the whole family will enjoy, you are sure to find the perfect gift for any budding naturalist.

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Finger puppets: Bring your wild friends from the Mono Basin home with you to play! These plush, lovable, and high-quality Folkmanis finger puppets make for great interactive play. Choose from three Mono Basin species: bobcat, fawn, and Western Tanager. (more…)

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season: It’s closed again

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed for a second time this fall due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

Always check current road conditions and weather before making a trip to the Eastern Sierra, and give us a call for the most current Tioga Pass information: (760) 647-6595.

Mono Lake Committee bookstore holiday hours

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Although there are fewer people traveling through Lee Vining during this time of year, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will remain open 9:00am–5:00pm seven days a week. However, we will have several temporary closures during the holiday season.

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and Christmas Day, December 25. On November 30 we’ll be closed for the Mono Lake Committee’s annual staff working retreat. We will reopen with normal hours (9:00am–5:00pm) on Thursday, December 1.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope we get a chance to see you during your visit to the Mono Basin!

Shop for Mono Lake this holiday season

Friday, November 11th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start making your lists—and checking them twice. There are many great gifts to choose from in the Mono Lake Committee’s online bookstore, and as with all purchases made from the Committee, 100% of profits go towards protection, restoration, and education programs here at Mono Lake!

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We invite you to peruse our online store and 2016 Fall Catalog to help you start checking gifts off your list. Purchases can be made directly online, or if you would like to call with your order you can phone (760) 647-6595 Monday through Friday 9:00am–5:00pm to be assisted by one of our staff “elves.”

Don’t see that perfect gift in our online store or catalog? Don’t fret, even items purchased through the Amazon Associates program can help support our work here at Mono Lake. Just make sure to follow this link to have 5% of your purchase donated to the Mono Lake Committee.

Make sure to check back here, on the Mono-logue, to see our favorite products featured throughout the holiday season.

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … it’s open again

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and ice. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Overnight parking is currently not permitted anywhere between Tioga Pass and Crane Flat in Yosemite. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1 and the road can close at any time. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.

If you’re coming over Tioga Pass, be sure to stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining to say hello and learn more about what’s happening at Mono Lake and start your holiday shopping—we have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list. We hope to see you soon!

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