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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

93546, Mammoth Lakes

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Snow coating the firs at Mammoth

Dear ——–,

We’re on our first trip to Mammoth of the season and Mother Nature has been showering us with snow. We had to put the chains on about a mile or two after crossing the Mono County line. When we got to the mountain, the snow was coming down steadily, though it was still a little wet since it was barely under 30 degrees. There were a few times where the heaviness of the snow buried my skis and I almost lost one of them going a different way from the other. But I never got going very fast. The thickness of the snow reminded me how much you have to shift your center of gravity when you’re skiing in powder rather than when your’e skiing hardened, groomed runs. The snow kept coming down and we made fresh tracks every time we got off the lift. We decided to quit before we got bone tired, mostly because we’ve got another few days of skiing. The snow is expected to keep falling. Some of the locals raised the specter of road closures on Sunday. I hope we can still drive home!


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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