Driving north on the 395
between Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport, a
small town called Lee Vining is just north of the turnoff for the Tioga
Pass. We stopped at the Mono Basin Historical Museum for a look. It has
some interesting artifacts and history in a tiny building that used to
be a one room school house. Outside, there are many machines from a
bygone era, including this steam shovel. Quite an intricate piece of
mechanics, and an interesting photographic subject!