The picture above is from near the Mammoth Airport looking towards Mammoth Mountain this morning, 9/4/13 at 8am. It was shot with an iPhone 5 through the windshield. The blue sky was not enhanced in any way.
It's 11:50pm Thursday night, 9/4, and the weekend weather forecast is for sunny skies and high 70 degree temps. There have only been two smokey days in Mammoth (and we were still out riding :-) ) since the Rim Fire many, many miles away from Mammoth and northwest of Yosemite started several weeks ago. Other than that, we have had beautiful, clear skies except for some welcome clouds and rain at times.
The weather forecast also predicts continuing mild winds blowing from the southwest which pushes the Rim Fire smoke away from us to the north (Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, Etc.) We have been hoping and praying that the Rim Fire is diminished and extinguished soon and as of tonight it is 80% contained. Some reports are saying that smoke from the fire which is drifting to the north and away from us may also diminish somewhat this weekend - that would be fantastic for the areas to the north of us in Nevada.
Finally, Hwy 120 through Yosemite which provides the fastest access to Mammoth from the San Francisco Bay area, remains closed. Other good options are Highways 50, 88 and 108. Highway 50 is the easiest driving, but longer. Highway 88 is a bit shorter and the driving is fine, some would say "fun," but it is more twisty with more mountain passes. Last, Hwy 108 might be even more "fun" if twisty mountain passes are your thing, but it isn't the easiest driving. Whichever one you choose, please drive carefully, especially at night. And...make sure the route you want to use is, in-fact, open for the time you'll be traveling. Thanks for making the trip to join us. We are grateful you will be spending this weekend with us and we'll do our best to provide you with a very memorable day of cycling!