I have thrice stopped off at Mono Lake en route to Yosemite, and cannot rave enough about it----its odd ecology, geology and aquatics. The tufa arrays seem not of this earth, and one could be forgiven for temporarily thinking he might be on another planet. Mono Lake leaves an indelible impression in the psyche. There is definitively no place else on earth like it. Be sure to take a camera: most people are transfixed by the imagery of Mono Lake and photograph it relentlessly.