We spent Shabbat in Bishop, finding a nice and quiet spot to park in close proximity to pretty much everything. Saturday afternoon was spent in a beautiful local park, and in the evening we walked toward the White Mountains, seeing how far we could get. (Answer: as far as the airport runway, where a sign informed us that it was “Property Of The United States Of America” and that trespassers would be prosecuted bad.)
It seems as though the entire economy of Bishop relies on US 395 passing through, as the town of 5,000 is packed with stores and gas stations, and generally looks pretty alive.
Sunday morning started off with us loading up on fuel and taking off toward Convict Lake, which is breathtaking. The lake is in the foothills of Mount Morrison, a huge 12,000+ foot peak, and as a bonus it offers free RV dumping and potable water. Our first experience dumping was surprisingly clean and easy: hose in hole, dump black tank, dump gray tank, flush black tank, clean hose, throw out gloves, and you’re done! (Filling water is even easier: attach pressure regulator, hose, and filter and fill ‘er up.)
After a quick dip in Convict Lake we headed to Mammoth Lakes, where we cut some firewood and caught a big band concert. The change in climate here is so welcome, as the large elevation change dropped the daily highs from the low 100s to the low 80s. We’d rather have a perfect day and throw on a sweatshirt (or the heat) at night than wake up sweaty in the Bishop heat.
In other news, after a confused chat about how they could categorize us our RV insurance company officially has our occupations listed as “retired.” Cool!
In line with the ‘retired’ theme, we’re about to join some new friends for bingo at a local bar. Wish us luck!
posted by jayhorowitz