We could see Mono Lake from our front window at the park. It was our last night in Lee Vining so, we went exploring Mono Lake after dinner. The sun was still high, but the sky was changing. Upon arriving the skies were clear and the sun reflecting off the sand and tufa was almost blinding. As the clouds rolled in, the lake took on a whole different look. We were only there for about 35 minutes, but it was interesting to watch the changes. We actually never got rained on, but it sure came down over the lake.
The lake has a very interesting eco system. The pictures tell most of the story this time. The cream colored rock towers are known as Tufa. The towers reveal where springs once emerged beneath the lake. The areas that we were walking on today were all covered by water prior to 1941. As the water level of the lake dropped, the towers were exposed and the springs that formed them dried up.
L.A. had been using and depleting this water source for years. 1994, the California State Water Resources Control Board set a new target level for the lake to bring it back to within 25 of it's original level in 1941. They have a sign posted showing where the shores edge will be at that point. This means that you may not be able to see anything but the tops of the tufa. They didn't say how long it will take, but we are sure glad that we got to experience it and are able to share it with you. Enjoy!