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Literary Las Vegas: C.A. Hartnell

Las Vegas author C.A. Hartnell writes about the early polio vaccine trials, wild weather, patriotism, diners, Route 66, rock ‘n’ roll and the enduring power of friendship in her young readers fiction series set in the ’50s.

Stay buoyant at salty Mono Lake

Just east of the Sierra Nevada range, near the small tourist town of Lee Vining, Calif., is one of the most unusual bodies of water you’ll ever visit. Mono Lake is one of the oldest in North America and has no outlet, and for that reason, mineral salts have become so concentrated in the lake that fish cannot live in it. These high concentrations combined with other local conditions to form towers of rock tufa, extending high above the water surface and are equally beloved by birds and photographers.