For two weeks every July, our friends camp with their 3 children in their trailer at the Convict Lake campground (seen on the left side) by the creek. Our son gets to stay with them and have a go at fly-fishing. So far, he caught & released 3 brown trout (they were too small to keep). When we arrived mid-day Saturday, there was a brief hail storm.
Convict lake gets its name from a gun battle that took place there in 1841, when a group of convicts from a state penitentiary in Carson City, Nevada escaped, headed South and were cornered in this canyon. During a fierce gun battle, a local merchant, Robert Morrison, was killed and the convicts escaped again, and were caught several days later. The high peak on the left is Mt. Morrison, and Laurel Mountain (on the right) was shown in yesterday's photo. From Hwy 395, Convict Lake turnoff is about 10 miles south of the Mammoth Lakes road.