We arrived in Bishop, CA about a week ago to do another work camping stint. Instead of driving up Highway 395 like we usually do, we traveled in Nevada on the East side of the White Mountains. Bishop is in the Owens Valley between the White Mountains and the Eastern Sierras.
On the trip here, we visited Death Valley and the temperature reached 90 degrees in early April!
It’s just beautiful in Bishop.
There’s a fair amount of snow on the Sierras and the road to Yosemite is still closed because of snow. In fact, there are a number of roads closed for that reason. Earlier this week we had a couple of RVs come into our campground that had driven through heavy snow storms in Mammoth (about an hour up the road from Bishop). Remember that Bishop is at about 4,000′ elevation while Mammoth is at 8,000′. Elevation does matter.
About a month ago, a wild fire swept along the Owens River just north of our campground. The fire devoured about 2,800 acres.
As I write this, another wild fire (the “Moffet Fire”) has closed Highway 395 just north of Lone Pine, CA. Lone Pine is about 50 miles south of Bishop. This looks to be a bad fire season.
After arriving at our campground, we took a Jeep trip through the fire area.