November 6, 2015 Friday
This morning’s predicament, a shutdown of the furnace some time during the night due to my 3 battery system too low to power the fan any longer. After two days of 14 degrees at 5:00 AM I decided it was time to head south. I did make a short detour up to June Lake in time to capture a beautiful sunrise over Sierras. I arrived in Bishop, CA around 8:00 AM and found the Visitor’s Center next to the park. Storm has been a good traveler so I took her for a short walk to play.
Since the center didn’t open until 10:00 I waved down a passing vehicle at the corner to ask about areas that allow dispersed camping. Just my luck, Joe, works at the Visitor’s Center. You have to love the friendly people of a small town. After explaining few areas to check out he opened up the center to grab a few maps and brochures for me. Turns out his son is an accomplished cinematographer and photographer. As a former BLM employee he knows the area well and will give you more info than one would expect. I will definitely be visiting the area and Joe again. I took his advice and drove up the mountain (Fifth wheel not attached) to view Carson Lake and Lake Sabrina and was not disappointed. Storm and I explored some more at 10,000 ft up into the Buttermilk Boulders area. Again I had a nice conversation with a fisherman at Carson Lake partially frozen over.
November 7, 2015 Sat.
With Joe’s suggestion I stayed at PV Pit campground north of Bishop. For $2 a night for a nice little campground, you can’t beat it. There were many rock climbers tent camping there, as they were having a get together with many climbers from across the world. I put the solar panels out early to try to get a better charge on the battery system and power up the computer to process a few images. I acquired a lot of info from the areas to plan a trip sometime in the future. Preferably early October and maybe bring my wonderful wife for a vacation. Not as cold overnight, as I migrate south along highway 395. Only 24 degrees in the morning but seemed to warm up quick with the sunny day. . Early afternoon arrived at Tuttle Creek campground west of Lone Pine. I set up the fifth wheel only 20 feet from the creek, which provided a soothing nature sound while capturing the evening sunset shots.