Monday, October 15, 2018

Down the Hill to Bishop

A 2000' drop down to Bishop, CA helped a lot with the temperature. We stayed at Horton Creek BLM campground, another gorgeous spot.

On our first day, we drove to see the local lakes. First up was Lake Sabrina. Sometimes it is totally empty at this time of year, but fortunately it has plenty of water this year.

We walked a little ways along the lake to get some color.

We then went up a dirt road -

To get to North Lake. I think we're about a week late for the best color, but it was still nice.

We then went down to South Lake, where the aspens were also a little past peak.

On our way home, we drove past a nice waterfall.

The next day, we drove a little north of town to see the 3 different ancient petroglyph sites. It was fun to imagine what the pictures depicted.

I see an alien here...

And there were petroglyphs of balloons from an ancient birthday party!

There were also some very unique lava rocks in the area.

We had a great time hunting for the petroglyphs in this beautiful country.

Sunset from our campground!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Favorite Stop on Highway 395

One of the reasons why this is my favorite stop is that there are many natural hot springs nearby. Four of us soaked at Shepherd Hot Spring. There are 7 hot springs in an area off 395 near Benton Crossing Rd. Turn at the little green church.

We stayed nearby at Crowley Lake BLM Campground.

Devils Postpile is also nearby. An amazing sight!

While we were there, we saw a crew filming a scene for Nova on PBS, and we got to talk with them a little.

Near Devils Postpile is the trail to Rainbow Falls.

The fall colors were out in full.

Except for the area that was burned in the fire back in 1992.

After about a mile, we heard the falls and arrived at the rim.

No rainbow today, but at least there is a lot of water, compared to the falls we saw in Yosemite.

The obligatory photo.

Another highlight of this area is my very favorite hike ever! The Little Lakes Valley hike starts at 10,000 feet, and goes by lake after lake.

Coming down to Heart Lake -

And the view from Marsh Lake. The back drop and the yellow marshes are just gorgeous.

Yay! We made it!

The next day, this white stuff appeared outside my door, and we knew it was time to head down the hill.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mono Lake and Yosemite

Our next stop was a beautiful spot overlooking Mono Lake.

So of course, the first day we went to see the tufas around the lake. The water is now 10' above the low point of 1982, but still 10' below where they would like it to be.

A nice little arch -

And some tall, skinny tufas.

There are millions of alkali flies at the lake, a lot of which are right here!

A close up.

We also made a very long trip to Yosemite Valley. We made a stop along the way where we had a very distant view of the back of Half Dome.

If you zoom in a lot, you can see the hikers hanging on to the chain to get to the top.

In the valley, we stopped first at Bridal Veil Falls, which were barely flowing.

A close up of the top.

From the valley, we got a good view of the front of Half Dome.

And stopped in front of El Capitan to look for climbers.

There they are!

We also walked up part of the way to see Vernal Fall, but didn't go all the way because it was barely flowing too. I guess we should have come in June!

On our way home, we got some good views of the upper part of the park.

We also took a hike up Lundy Canyon, near where we were parked.

We saw a little waterfall near the trailhead.

The fall colors were beautiful!

Across the lake was a bigger waterfall, but I didn't hike to it - just zoomed the camera in.

Back near the trail head, we found the remains of an old mining operation. Lots of cool rusty stuff!

And back at our campsite, there was a nice rainbow!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Best Ghost Town and Hot Springs Ever!

Our next stop coming down Hwy 395 was Bridgeport. We stayed south of town at a great quiet spot 1 mile up the road to Bodie. The only problem was no internet. OH NOOOOOO!!!

Bodie is my very favorite ghost town. The rusty stuff is just incredible, especially the cars half buried in the ground.

It was a beautiful day, and the clouds made for great photos.

We started out at the church. They only had one church, but lots of bars and brothels...

You can look inside all the buildings, and see a lot of original furnishings.

I liked seeing all the layers of wallpaper, some of which were cloth.

A view of some of the many buildings in town.

The old schoolhouse -

The inside looks like the kids are just out for recess!

And the stores were fully stocked -

Although some of them needed a little support...

Bodie was here, out in the middle of nowhere, because of that very productive mine back on the hillside.

Unfortunately, it is considered unsafe now, so we couldn't explore it.

I hope we have a full tank of gas, because those pumps don't look like they work...

Another highlight of Bridgeport is the beautiful Travertine Hot Springs.

Soooooo nice, and just the right temperature.

A picture of the 3 of us, sort of...