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I wake up early the next morning as I want to catch the sunrise at Klondike Lake, which the Mono Lake Committee lists as one of the best water bird areas in the eastern Sierra.  Most passersby miss it as it's not marked, and there's a gate that discourages large vehicles from entering the access road. As you can see, the sunrise was spectacular that morning, with the pink-colored Sierra and a lush wetlands surrounding the lake. And that's rabbitbrush on the left. It's a vista the casual visitor rarely sees in the Owens Valley, and would be much more common if the Sierra streams hadn't been siphoned off to slack the thirst, and water the lawns, of sprawling Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
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