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North America » United States » California » Bishop July 16th 2013

We have landed in California. Have logged 4000miles so far. Headed to Yosemite tomorrow. P.S. This is a picture of the Peeee Tree if you know whatI mean! We had been 100 so far and nothing for another 60 with NO ! Facilities :)... read more
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North America » United States » California » Bishop October 15th 2012

After a semi-restful night, Sweetie and AHole were awakened by the friendly Camp Curry Skunk. Not sure what angered him under our tent but he got us on the move before 7am!!! How Bill and Chandler slept through it is a mystery of science - ha! ha! Got up, got packed, had breakfast at Curry Village and then picked up Brantley and her friend Tess. The plan - head over the Tioga Pass to Bishop where Sweetie and AHole could take 395 through Death Valley on their way to the Grand Canyon. Boys in one car, girls in another and off we go! B knows the roads well but took it easy today. Where to begin??? The scenery is absolutely amazing. By days' end, we will have travelled as high as 9,945 feet above sea level ... read more
Deer in Yosemite
Tioga Pass and Half Dome
Mono Lake

North America » United States » California » Bishop June 12th 2012

MULE DAYS IN BISHOP, CA AND RESEARCH AT THE MUSEUM IN LAWS Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday May 26th-Monday May 28th Snow on the mountains. Dry camped at the J Diamond RV Park and Von’s Grocery Store parking lot. Temps in the 60’s. Whenever we are traveling, Valerie and I are constantly amazed at how little we know about certain subjects. Take mules for instance. Did you know that mules are used in the very same way as horses? They are jumped, ridden for pleasure, trained in dressage, raced, shown, packed, and pull conveyances in teams . Since 1970, Bishop, CA has hosted Mule Days every year over the Memorial Weekend. On Saturday we watched a parade down main street with over 100 entries. It is billed as the “Worl... read more
512-193 Forestry Service pack team
512-194 A trapper
512-195 Fire engine from Reno with Morgan-percheron cross horses

North America » United States » California » Bishop June 6th 2012

Thursday, May 24th Started out at 9:30 after breakfast at the motel. Starting mileage was 26,772 skies blue and temperature was 60 degrees. We drove to the Inyo County Park campground and found a camp spot just outside of the town of Independence, which is the Inyo County Seat. One of the main reasons we were in this area was to do some genealogy research in the courthouse and the Eastern Sierra Nevada Museum. Our grandmother was born in this town and our grandparents were married here in 1891. We had visited with Dad in1999, but we felt because of time constraints we were unable to get everything looked at. Our plan was to spend a week digging in records, archives, etc. here in Independence and later in the nearby town of Bishop where our great-grandparents ... read more
512-187 first Judge of Inyo County--Oscar L. Matthews (gggrandfather)
512-188 Tribute to Inyo County Pioneers (some of our ancestors)
512-189 Possibly the church where our grandparents were married in 1891

North America » United States » California » Bishop September 10th 2011

Today we left Yosemite National Park to continue onto Bishop, our stopover place on the way to Death Valley. We took the Tioga Road, which is a high road that runs across Yosemite, above the valley. We stopped off at a picnic area for lunch and spotted a chipmunk sitting nearby on a rock. Simon threw down some crisps (blatant disregard for the rules about not feeding wild animals!) and the chipmunk rushed straight over. It was very cute and had ridiculously fat cheeks! It seemed to enjoy Lays ready salted crisps. It was larger than the chipmunks I see in Maryland and the ones we saw at Glacier point. The rest of the drive went smoothly with more great views. We briefly detoured through Mammoth Lakes for a cream bun and tea. I also saw ... read more

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North America » United States » California » Bishop August 7th 2011

I can't believe I am going to utter these words.....I am sunburnt! That is right mark your calender this doesn't happen often. We had a fantastic day! Theo and I cannot believe that we have never driven this route before. We made our way up to 9000' in elevation. The Sierra Nevadas are the most spectacular mountain range I have seen (I have seen quite a few). We started off with a stop to Twin Lakes where my mom used to go as a child. The upper end was very busy and the lower end was very quaint. The water of course was ice cold. We left there and headed to Bodie State Park. The road into Bodie was a winding 13 mile treak with the last 3 being dirt road. Once we got there the ... read more
Twin Lakes
The road into Bodie
Bodie State Park

North America » United States » California » Bishop May 5th 2011

In Mojave befindet sich unter anderem der Flughafen, von dem aus das Spaceship One gestartet ist. Viele Firmen im Bereich Raumfahrt haben hier ein Buero. Ausserdem dient Mojave der Zwischenlagerung von Flugzeugen, da die Luft hier extrem trocken und Niederschlag praktisch nicht vorhanden ist. Diese werden zum Teil eingemottet, zum Teil aber auch neu lackiert, nachdem sie ihren Dienst fuer Lufthansa und Co getan haben, fuer Air Kongo aber noch gut genug sind :). Wir legten einen Abstecher ins Death Valley ein, wo man tatsaechlich erstmal 1000 Hoehenmeter abwaerts faehrt. Abends war mal wieder Lagerfeuer und Bier angesagt, mit Crashpads als den besseren Campingstuehlen. Klettern im Boulderparadies "Bishop", oestlich der Sierra Nevadas, die noch von Schnee bedeckt waren. Ich rieb mich am Montag acht Stunden so dermassen auf, dass ich am naechsten Morgen kaum mein Muesli ... read more
Mojave Space Port
Flugzeugfriedhof
Death Valley Sprint

North America » United States » California » Bishop April 3rd 2011

It was easy to leave Vegas. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed it. But we also breathed a sigh of relief when we left the blinking lights, loud dinging sounds, music, and loud people.... Anybody with epilepsy would be advised NOT to go. We left heading north of 95. On our way out of town we passed the Moape River Indian Reservation--a band of the Paiute Indians. It was flat and barren looking--as in keeping with what past American Presidents 'gave' Native Americans. Next we passed a huge Federal Prison--it is high and medium security. A sign on the road instucts drivers 'not to pick up hitch-hikers.' Who does that any more anyway? O. J. Simpson was a short-term guest of the Feds there in 2008. Then we stumbled upon the Nellis Air Force Base--or as ... read more
Leaving Las Vegas...
Leaving Las Vegas...
Leaving Las Vegas...

North America » United States » California » Bishop September 19th 2010

I headed west out of Bishop in near 100 degree August heat. The neighborhoods and irrigated fields yielded to sage brush and open desert as Route 168 rose up the slope of the Sierras. And the higher I rose, the cooler it got. By the time I reached the end of the road at South Lake, I was at 9,800 feet enjoying a warm comfortable summer day. My plan was to hike up to 11,900 foot Bishop Pass. I could hike this as a two-day trip, camping at Bishop Lake just under the pass, or hike a little further and camp in Dusy Basin on the other side. But today had to be a day hike, and so I geared myself up for a 2,100 foot climb in five miles. Not too bad actually, even considering ... read more
Crescent Moon
Picture Puzzle Peak
Wildflowers

North America » United States » California » Bishop June 25th 2010

Back in Bishop I head to the ranger station to get some beta on the status of Kearsarge Pass to the south, my next conquest. As usual, they don't really have up to date information, and just give you the default "it's snowy above 10000 feet" line. They were very pleased to see the photos of Bishop Pass that I took the day before, which I brought my laptop in to show them. Maybe now they'll have some concrete information to tell people, when they ask about that pass at least. I head down to the town of Independence, and then up the road to Kearsarge Pass. I figure, if anything, it will have a bit less snow, since it's more southerly. I park for the night at the trailhead parking lot, and set off in ... read more
From the trail
Almost there...
Me at the Kearsarge Pass sign




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