Headed toward the Inyo Kern Area, the landscape remains harsh, but the wild west is all around us. First stop is the historic living ghost town of Randsburg established in 1896 in the gold and silver mining belt of Kern County. The main street is lined with antique stores, lively bars, friendly locals, and a General Store featuring a lunch menu served at a counter lined with old fashioned milkshake machines. On the road back to 395 we passed the old town jail.
as always, we check into Boulder Creek Campground a few miles south of Bishop. The temp is 103 so we opt for the pool. As the afternoon goes on finally it is down to 100. A visit to the Movie Museum is called for. The next morning we drive up to Whitney Portals to partake of a world’s largest pancake then fish in the pond. There are fish but they aren’t biting. Alan catches one. The waterfall is roaring. The temp is perfect.
Next stop the portals. Through the Alabama Hills and up the switchbacks. Can you believe this pancake? I like fishing on the board walk but no bites. Alan makes a catch which we have promised to Mayra.
MANZANAR – a somber stop visiting America’s dark time when thousands of Japanese, two thirds of whom were U.S. Citizens, were kidnapped and incarcerated in internment camps. Some returned to their belongings, proected by their friends. Others returned to nothing, their belongings stolen by low lifes.
Jim rented a pontoon on Convict Lake. Again, no fish but it was lovely cruising the lake with Cherese manning the helm.
Hamburgers at our campsite at McGee Creek RV park. No fish.
SET UP CAMP AT BENTON CROSSING ON THE OWENS RIVER. OUR CREW ARRIVED – HOLIDAY, JORGE (exch. student from Spain), HAILEY & NAHUEL. Perfect weather, blue skies, and good food.
A NIGHT ON THE MEADOW AT BIG MEADOW CAMP GROUND – ROCK CREEK. THE WILDFLOWERS WERE AMAZING. ALAN CAUGHT FISH NO. 2.