One of my favorite places in Cali is Mammoth Mountain. Not only is it a fun and fabulous ski resort but it is also a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors in the summer. Ever since we summited Mt. Whitney two years ago we have enjoyed hiking the Sierras. Their sharp, jagged profile silhouetted against the clear, cloudless sky is always breathtaking. The hiking is challenging for us flatlanders since you are at altitude (9000'+) but it often results in a great payoff: remote pristine mountain lakes the color of deepest gemstone that take your breath away.
Of course sketching on location is a must!
Mark created this fantastic panorama of Duck Lake, elv. 11,000' while I was painting.