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Old 08-29-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
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Bishop CA, what to do?

My wife and I will be in the Bishop area around the first of October. We plan on spending a few days at Benton Hotsprings and then into Bishop. We then plan on going South and spend some time in the Alabama Hills. Any good ideas on breweries, good eats, hikes, and other not be missed things would be greatly appreciated! If you have any amazing, but super secret boondocking locations you would like to share, send me a P.M. I promise not to tell! We have never been in this area but have heard that it is a wonderful place to visit. Thanks, Bob.
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Old 08-29-2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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Do not be surprised if there is little or no snow caps nor lakes and streams, everywhere we visited in California was bone dry 2 months ago.
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Our favorite in Bishop:
Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ
772 N Main St, Bishop
It's a family run place with home-made food.

Other than that, take CA 168 west up to Lake Sabrina, and fish the lake (if there's any water in it), and Bishop Creek.
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Then there's Lone Pine Creek as well, all the way up to Whitney Portal. Mt. Whitney is usually in sight.
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Another side trip is the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest,
South of Bishop, go east on CA 168. (Impressive at sunset).

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Edit: can you tell that we love this area.
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What to do? Have a ton of fun and make boat loads of memories And of course share travel pictures with the rest of us....
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Mountain Light Gallery, one of my favourite outdoor photographers. His photos of the area will inspire you to explore, and to see some of the local sites / sights in a new "light"!

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Thanks to everyone for the responses so far. Has anyone been to the Laws Railroad Museum? It looks like an interesting place.
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I was in the area a few years ago. In addition to Galen Rowell's "Mountain Light" gallery, there was another photography gallery by Vern Clevenger in Bishop. I don't know if he's still there.

If you drive down to Lone Pine there is a turnoff leading to the Manzanar internment camp, where the government relocated Japanese-Americans during World War II. There is only one building there now, but it contains a good display of a disturbing part of our history. Also, Ansel Adams photogaphed the Sierra Nevada mountains from Manzanar.
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Thanks to everyone for the responses so far. Has anyone been to the Laws Railroad Museum? It looks like an interesting place.
The Laws museum is indeed interesting. They also have a lot of mining exhibits. In one of the buildings is a working hit-n-miss engine that runs jackshafts that in turn run all the machines in a stamp mill for ore processing. It all works.
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We second this… DON'T miss Manzanar, especially since it is right off 395. We were just there in March on our way to Death Valley. It might be a little late to head into Death Valley with the recent temps if you were thinking of it.

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I was in the area a few years ago. In addition to Galen Rowell's "Mountain Light" gallery, there was another photography gallery by Vern Clevenger in Bishop. I don't know if he's still there.

If you drive down to Lone Pine there is a turnoff leading to the Manzanar internment camp, where the government relocated Japanese-Americans during World War II. There is only one building there now, but it contains a good display of a disturbing part of our history. Also, Ansel Adams photogaphed the Sierra Nevada mountains from Manzanar.
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Our favorite in Bishop:
Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ
772 N Main St, Bishop
It's a family run place with home-made food.
Hmmm. Interesting. I spend alot of time in California (I'm here right now in fact) and I have yet to find anything remotely resembling Texas BBQ. I'll keep looking. Too far from Bishop.
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