We ended the summer with our 13th annual backpacking trip to Ediza’s namesake, Lake Ediza. It was one of the prettiest times we’ve been there — everything was green and lush with clear skies and not that many mosquitoes.
We spent four nights camping — two nights at our “base camp” and the other two up above the lake. Yes, backpacking with kids (more specifically, a recently-turned 4-year-old and nearly 13-year-old) is a lot of work. But not only can it be done, it can actually be fun and rewarding.
After leaving the trail, we continued our adventure on the gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain. We walked around the mountain’s 11,053-foot summit, visited its interpretive center (where Gus got to pet different animal furs) and we ate our first non-dehydrated meal at its cafe. It was good to end the summer on a literal high note.