we made the last minute decision to get out of town for a little change of scenery before Brady got too far into the new school year... so we headed off to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a week.     Friday   it took us nearly 10 hours to drive from Phoenix through the Vegas route, but we were rewarded with the much cooler weather due to the nearly 8k feet elevation, some great 4x4 trails in the nearby Inyo National Forest, and plenty of natural wonders to see!