10/7/12, N. Side of Mono Lake, CA (Coord. N 38 deg, 02.839 min, W. 119 deg, 10.102 min)
This was a day of tough hills, beautiful scenery and a happy ending.
I didnít pull away from my hostís house until 9:30 am. The lads were a little frisky this morning and it took a few minutes to coax my wild brumbies out of their large pasture. But in the end, a pan of grain and a bucket of water won them over and they left their free and easy life for the toil of the trace.
My goal today was to tackle a very large hill that lay between my camping spot and Mono Lake. The team had to pull the wagon up 1500 feet in elevation, then go down another 1200 feet to Mono Lake. It was a daunting task, but by shuffling horses around, we prevailed.