Left the rv park about 9:00 & headed south. It's such a beautiful drive down 395 from Reno to Bishop & the fall colors just add to the beauty. It was a trip down memory lane for us since we grew up in Bishop & have driven thru the Eastern Sierra a lot to visit our parents while they were living.
We stopped in Bridgeport for lunch - split a burger from the Jolly Kone. We drove past recent forest fire damage outside Lee Vining. The highway dept. was working on stabilizing the hillside. Then we drove past the Owens River Fire damage near the road to Mammoth. Further down the road we had a view back toward that fire & could see smoke rising from hot spots as well as from where it's currently burning. Glad to see that it's 75% contained now. We've seen lots of Cal Fire units leaving the area. We were surprised that we didn't encounter heavy smoke on our drive but the wind must have been blowing it away from us. Had beautiful views of Mt. Tom & the Owens Valley as we came over Sherwin Summit.
We got to Highlands RV Park in Bishop about 2:30, with plenty of time to get set up before heading out to Brown's Town RV for happy hour with some of Judi's classmates. Didn't recognize anyone - but then they didn't recognize us either. Ha! Roger & Sandy Shervington hosted the happy hour. Kathy Kothman, Vicky Plume, Leilani Williams, Linda Puddicombe & Bill Hahn were also there. We went to dinner with some of the group at Whiskey Creek which recently reopened (was the Copper Kettle when we were in school).
This weekend we'll be busy with Judi's 50th class reunion but we'll be doing some sightseeing in the area next week. More later...