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Another one, Just like the other ones

Phone alert came about 5 minutes after the quake


That’s right, a 5.8 quake in Lone Pine about 60 miles south of us. This quake was fairly strong and lasted about 10-15 seconds. Just like the previous quakes, I thought it was just wind gusts at first. Exciting.


Lone Pine 5.8 Quake

BLM a la Bishop, CA


June 1st, Monday afternoon — Jan and I were both working in the campground office when some guy stopped by to tell us that there was going to be a Black Lives Matter protest in Bishop on Tuesday.

He said something to the effect that four bus loads of people were being bussed into the protest. He seemed to think that it was time to circle the wagons.

June 1st, 9:30 pm — Because of death threats, the organizer of the BLM protest calls off the Tuesday protest.

June 2nd, Tuesday 9:30 am — I went for a Starbuck’s run into Bishop about 9:30 am, and passed by about 50 or so demonstrators in the city park. No sign of any busses. Peaceful.

June 2nd, Tuesday, 10:30 am — While out grocery shopping, passed by a much larger city park crowd (100 – 200). Still no sign of busses. Still peaceful.

June 2nd, Tuesday, 12:30 pm — Maybe 50 people left in city park. No busses. No violence.

Heard that one of the campground campers hoped that there would be violence so that she and others could go the park with their guns.

We have a long long way to go.


Deja Vu

The nationwide BLM demonstrators reminded me of a different time, a little over 50 years ago, when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

April 28, 1970 — President Nixon approves “incursion” (ie, military invasion) into Cambodia.

May 4, 1970 — during anti-war demonstrations following the incursion, four Ohio Kent State University students killed by the National Guard.

May 6, 1970 — protests erupt across the country, including at UW-Milwaukee . . .

In front of Mitchell Hall, UW-Milwaukee


Mitchell Hall looking towards Downer Ave

Dining Out . . . Again!

The New Normal

It’s been a month of Sundays (ok, maybe just about 3 months). But tonight’s dinner at The Sage was glorious.

I had Filet Mignon and Jan had Surf and Turf.

Yes, yes, yes


During dessert, we were party to a Paiute ceremony for a high school graduate . . . lovely . . .


Our 2020 Duck Family

Another Quake

This one was a 6.5 earthquake centered in Nevada about 30 miles northeast of Bishop, CA. It woke me up at 4:00 am this morning. At first I though it was a strong gust of wind, but then it kept on coming. Still exciting.

California Dreaming

April Snow in the Eastern Sierras (click on photo to enlarge)


Driving up Pine Creek Road



Before leaving for Bishop, CA, our final days in Lake Havasu City were relaxing.

Jan’s Art Class via Zoom



While our relatives back in the Midwest brave the seasonal Spring storms, we’re suffering through an unseasonal heat wave. When we arrived mid-April, temperature high/lows were in the 60s/40s. Then a switch was flipped, and temps climbed to 80s/60s.

Southwest Heat Wave



Bishop is in Inyo County which currently has a low COVID-19 infection rate, especially when compared to the surrounding counties.

That’s good because in Inyo County’s 10,000 square miles there are only two hospitals with under a dozen intensive care beds. We think about this things now.

Infection Oasis



At 5:10 am today we woke up suddenly as our over 31,000 pound motorhome swayed as if it had been hit by a violent wind gust.

It was a magnitude 3.9 earthquake located about a mile away (USGS Data).

Our First Earthquake