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Oct 28, 2017 - Owens River Valley

We have enjoyed our stay here in the Owens River Valley so much we decided to stay one more day. The weather in this location between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the various mountain groups that rim Death Valley is fabulous at the moment and probably very nice year round. In the valley it is warm enough to wear shorts right now, which means it's probably very hot in the summer. But no problem. Each canyon that indents into the mountains has a road going up it. Today we traveled from 5,000' to 9,000' in about a twenty minute drive....

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Oct 25, 2017 - a little town with a big back yard

When normal people plan a trip, they have an itinerary, make reservations for places to stay, and book tours and sidetrips. It has been wonderful not having to do any of those things. We knew we wanted to go to Yosemite, but had no idea how spectacular the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains is. Ever since we left Reno we have worked our way south on 395 with our jaws dropping at the beauty of it all. Everywhere we stop, locals pile our arms full of brochures and rant and rave about the wonderful things to see and do. So we find...

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Oct 12, 2017 - Leaf Peeping in the Eastern Sierras

Leaf Peeping is a term that is used to describe someone who travels to view and photograph fall foliage and is usually associated with New England. During our drive through the Eastern Sierras of California, we became western leaf peepers. The heavy snowfall and rain this year has brought a beautiful show of colors to this area. This color is something that hasn’t been seen in quite a while because of years of drought. After stops in Alturas, Susanville and Minden, we continued south on highway 395. Our drive took us through various...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Bishop CA 3

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest was our destination today. How good it felt to to climb from the hot 4000' valley to the cool 11000' mountains! Bristlecone Pines thrive on adversity, forming tight, dense wood in harsh conditions that is resistant to bugs, disease, and fire. The harsh climate they grow in is rocky, windy, with a very short growing season. The oldest living thing on earth is a tree in this forest - 4700 years old and named Methusaleh. The visitor center is one of the best we have have ever been in - the rangers are eager...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Bishop CA 2

We checked out the Forest Service Visitor Center this morning, then the Galen Rowell photo gallery, Mountain Light. Galen Rowell was a famous photographer along with his wife, Barbara. They established the gallery and lived much of the year here in Bishop. They were both killed in a plane crash about 10 years ago, but their photo legacy is enormous. Ken has been a fan of Galen's for years so we were glad for the chance to be inspired by the gallery that honors and continues his work. After a siesta ( a necessity in this heat!) we set out...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Bishop CA 1

Travel day. We didn't have too far to go, but we are now down in Bishop, California, south and at an elevation of 4000'. Hot, hot, hot! 100 today. Dry takes your breath away - I prefer humid myself! After hitting the local grocery, we rested for awhile, then set out to drive north on 395. We found Mt. Tom (good thing since we found Mt. Emma earlier), checked out Tom's Place, a resort since 1917, and then decided to drive down McGee Creek Rd. Wow! Wildflowers are really beginning to bloom. Then we got a beautiful sunset and an almost full...

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May 21, 2017 - Characters

Part of the fun of traveling is meeting people and hearing their stories. We've already met 3 interesting characters... The first is really just a short tale of an interesting lady who is 4th generation Bishop family. There is a mural in town, designed by her grandfather, that shows his father coming into Bishop with a pack mule train. Her great grandfather helped settle and develop the town. She's lived there all her life and her 3 nearly grown kids will probably stay as well. Then we met a guy in an interesting camping vehicle in our...

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Summer 2017

May 17, 2017 - Snow!!!

A beautiful ride to Bishop, CA yesterday. On the way we saw the majestic Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous US, 14,505 ft of rugged rock and snow. When we were here a few years ago, everything was so brown and dry from the drought. Now the fields and hills are lush green with fat, happy, black cows. As a child, I remember hanging over my father's shoulder watching the odometer at key points in our many road trips. On this leg of the journey, we hit one of those magical moments..... The elusive 100,000 mile club. Took us 15...

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Summer 2017

Oct 2, 2016 - Bishop

Left Yosemite and had motorhome problems after coming down the grade from the Tioga Pass. Not sure what happened but engine shutdown light came on and we stopped to see what what wrong. It seemed to fix itself so we continued on to Bishop after speaking to the Freightliner techs in Gaffney SC. If you get to Bishop you have to go into Schat's Bakery. Every carb you might want plus more.

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A Lifetime's Dream

Sep 22, 2016 - Eastern Sierra Drive to Bishop

Left the rv park about 9:00 & headed south. It's such a beautiful drive down 395 from Reno to Bishop & the fall colors just add to the beauty. It was a trip down memory lane for us since we grew up in Bishop & have driven thru the Eastern Sierra a lot to visit our parents while they were living. We stopped in Bridgeport for lunch - split a burger from the Jolly Kone. We drove past recent forest fire damage outside Lee Vining. The highway dept. was working on stabilizing the hillside. Then we drove past the Owens River Fire damage near the...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Catching Up

Greetings from Bishop, California…..we began our trek on Monday but first a little “catching up” on the family from the last 6 months or so. My parents are doing well at the Regency Grand in West Covina. Dad loves playing bingo, going on day trips and activities with others who live there. Mom enjoys her “down time” and loves playing on the iPad. We have taken them on a few 3 day trips; one to Borrego Springs in February with Charlene and Dennis Bim (my aunt and uncle and my mom’s brother) and to Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station in late April...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Bishop, California

Bishop, California is one of the most beautiful places on Earth - the nation's deepest valley - bounded by the magnificent Sierra Crest on the west, and the desert White Mountain Range on the east. Many of the peaks are thirteeners (over thirteen thousand feet, kissed by life-giving glaciers and snowpacks. We flew back to Bishop in early November to be with my dad, because my mom - the woman who taught me everything - went home to be with Jesus in late October. We were joined at Dad's by sister Kristy, as well as our two grown children,...

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