A Trip to Bishop CA,
Topaz Lake is shared by Nevada and
California, and is also the first stop on the way out of town where we
usually try our luck on the
Wheel of Fortune machines. One 3 bar wheel and 2 doubles paid
of the hotel stay. Not bad.
The towns of Walker and Coleville, CA have not had much of a
break when it comes to wild fires the last couple years.
Some of these areas are going to take a long time coming back.
Continuing south on 395 you pass through Walker Canyon. It is
quite picturesque and an easy drive.
Wild fires have been a problem in Walker Canyon as well. The
east side of the canyon was hit particularly hard.
I recently discovered a free program called AutoStitch which joins
photos together to create a panorama view.
This is looking south to Mono Lake.
Mono Lake looking east from a rest stop on the south side.
More Tufa looking north.
Mono Lake is known for its Tufa towers. Tufa is made up of
calcium carbonate and most of these used to be under water,
that is until Los Angeles DWP starting sucking the lake dry.
The North Side Tufa shown here are not nearly as impressive as those on
the south. If you ever get down that way,
check out the south side. Bit more of a drive, but worth it.
This is another interesting group of Tufa on the north side, walking
down to the lake.
The walking path is well maintained and it is an easy walk.
There are several signs which show the lake lever over the years as it
was being drained dry.
Standing next to the sign showing the lake level in 1941, this is where
the level used to be.
Journeying on, off to the west is Mammoth Lakes. It is worth a visit
and rumor has it there is a considerable
imbalance between the sexes.
The reason for that is this:
Young idealistic couple vacation in Mammoth in the summer and believe
they have found paradise.
They move to Mammoth and settle in.
Summer turns to Fall and the scenes are spectacular.
Fall turns to Winter and it snows and snows and snows.
Sometimes 3 or 4 feet a night - or more.
Living in Mammoth you realllly
have to love snow.
Spring finally arrives, roads are passable, 4-wheel drives are no
longer a requirement and wife says,
"Hell with this!, WE ARE MOVING!"
Husband says, "You might be, but that winter was fantastic!
Anyway, south of Mammoth is Crowley Lake. Crowley Lake is a
community with some nice homes, a couple trailer parks and a
One of the parks is popular with fishermen, where lot spaces are
reasonable and it is really close to the lake.
If you like Mammoth but not the snow, Crowley Lake is only 10
miles or so south of Mammoth and only gets about 25% of the snow.
Just south of Crowley Lake what we have here is another "controlled"
burn. It is amazing how many of these so-called controlled
get out of control around here. This one looks questionable.
Another 20 miles or so to Bishop.
Just east of Bishop is one very nice and very old tree and it is quite
popular with photographers.
Downtown Bishop early in the morning. The Creekside Inn is
much more affordable when all the summer activities have ended.
Why do many people travel to Bishop?
If you had time to visit only one place in Bishop, this would
be it. Here a just a few samples:
This stuff is really good. They also have mushroom and olive
You can go crazy here if you like sweets.
How about a muffin?
Or something healthier like their many varieties of breads.
Whatever you decide on, you won't be disappointed.
Oh and by the way, the Creekside Inn is literally next door and a great
place to enjoy your goodies with beverage of choice.