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Devil’s Backbone

The Devil’s Backbone Run took place the first weekend in September, marking the tenth running of SCMM’s annual trek through the Sierras. This year’s event was a three-day adventure, with both nights spent in Mammoth Lakes at the Alpenhof Lodge.

Making the trip all the way from Massachusetts was past president Dan Skorcz, who hosted Wolfman’s Lair both days on the patio deck of the Alpenhof Lodge. During the Lair our current president, Michael Garcia, presented Dan with a special Compost Award for Lifetime Achievement in SCMM.


Mono Lake’s South Tufa

Other activities of the weekend included a walk along the shore of Mono Lake’s South Tufa, a drive around June Lake Loop, and a picnic at Tioga Lake. Some members visited the Upside Down House in Lee Vining, Manzanar National Historic Site near Lone Pine, and the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery. Eric Johnson and a handful of MINI Maniacs found time to do some maintenance on the infamous ABOG Memorial out on Highway 120.


Memo Santoyo waves as he completes the 103-mile Gran Fondo bicycle race in Mammoth Lakes.

Of all the weekend’s activities, nothing topped Memo Santoyo’s ride in Mammoth’s Gran Fondo bicycle race. While his fellow MINI Maniacs were relaxing in the Wolfman’s Lair after a day of sightseeing, Memo was finishing up the 103-mile bike race. Memo was greeted with cheers as he rode by members at the Alpenhof Lodge, along with a trumpet salute by Allan Hanson. Saturday evening festivities included gatherings at Lakanuki Tiki Bar and Side Door Cafe.

Sunday was open for members to depart for home at their leisure. While some members took off in the early morning hours, other made the most of their time in Mammoth Lakes by taking a hike to Rainbow Falls before heading home.

Kudos to the 41 members that turned out for this year’s Devil’s Backbone, and to Kyra Marsh for baking all the cookies for the goodie bags.

There is a big announcement coming for next year’s Devil’s Backbone. Stay tuned!