Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

Leaving the Reno area

Views from new Hwy 395 Reno - Washoe Valley

Into & thru Carson City - nice freeway art

Pretty Carson Valley & mountains


Topaz Lake on the NV-CA border - no CA welcome sign so...

Lots of rocks

Thru Walker River Canyon

So many beautiful views


Bridgeport Valley



Views of Mono Lake from Conway Pass

Look left - look right - totally different views

Mono Lake is salt water since it has no outlet

Recent forest fire outside Lee Vining

Mono Craters

High desert & mountains

June Lake ski mountain


Owens River Fire now 75% contained - fire retardant on rocks

Mammoth Mountain

Fall color

Views across Crowley Lake

Sherwin Summit & views into the Owens Valley

Mt Tom/Pine Creek/view up Buttermilk/White Mountain Peak

Home for the next 10 days

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...

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