How did Mammoth Lakes end up being your home?
As I mentioned, I have a particular affinity for the High Sierra. For years all of my backpacking trips centered around trails off of Highway 395 and out of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. And for many of these trips, Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station was where I needed to pick up my wilderness permits. So I developed this very positive feeling toward Mammoth; Mammoth was the cool little mountain town where you picked up permits for awesome backpacking trips. How could you not love it?
And as time went on and my interests shifted from merely backpacking, to backpacking and photography, to teaching photography, I came to realize that Mammoth is not only in an incredible location, but it’s also a great little town with a good local community that’s full of passionate, outdoorsy people.
So in 2015 when I was feeling a little itchy toward making a location change (I was back living in my home town at the time), I thought: “why not move to this cool town, in an amazing place for photography, full of young, active people who want to live an outdoorsy lifestyle?” And this place is paradise: it’s exceeded my expectations in every way.