Bridgeport and Travertine Hot Springs

Just after last Labor Day, I took a trip out to the eastern Sierra’s, but still in California. After getting over the crest, and down very steep slopes, I arrived at my first destination, Bridgeport.

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I actually stayed at this Inn, it is very historic

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Bridgeport is also the county seat of Mono, a sparsely populated, but obviously beautiful area on the Nevada border south of Tahoe

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This county courthouse is the oldest operating courthouse in California, a very important historical monument

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The architecture is eclectic but very ornate in areas

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More info

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The old county jail was used until very recently, 1951

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Rather desolate place really

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My main destination was here

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This is some of the drainage off the spring, showing the lack of trees

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Another view, the travertine is like that found in Italy, but much more rare on this continent. It was mined here for many years, you can see remnants around the area such as the cliff

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A dry pond, the drought was very apparent

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But some areas were bubbling with mud and algae

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This was the upper spring, heading downhill from the source to a pool

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Looks like they may re-cut the canal each year after the snows melt

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But this is a very old split, as shown by the depth and deposits on the sides

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The pool was nicely constructed but seemed gross due to a bit of algae and a lack of robust flow from the spring

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The water is so loaded with minerals that it created a shelf where it enters the pool

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With very mesmerizing deposits below

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The view from the ridge was fantastic, that is the back side of the Sierra Nevada, with the bridgeport valley in the foreground

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The main pools overlook this valley in a spectacular fashion

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Here it is coming out of the earth, forming this massive deposit

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As the water cascades down, it deposits the minerals in these formations, the green is algae thriving in the hottest environments

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This pool was a bit too hot, so everyone was further over where the water had cooled a bit

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The sunset was glorious

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It happened a little earlier than expected, due to the mountains

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But they did provide a wonderful display before getting very dark, very quickly

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Next up: Mono Lake and its wonderful geologic formations.

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