Exeter Island Hoppers Career Break 2005 travel blog

Having left Reno in bright sunshine the roads into Lake Tahoe ( Kings Beach, Glenbrook & South Tahoe ) were closed due to the weather conditions, as they had had a great deal of snow.

Driving through mountain passes in Douglas County we crossed the border back into California at Topaz Lake, this was the most beautiful site, the colour of the lake reflected its name and surrounded by hills and mountains a MUST see if you are the area. Also great trout fishing so were told ? Through more national parks and the largest of them " Yosemite was also closed due to weather conditions. Stopped to re-plan the route as we had intended to visit the Redwoods & Large pines that frequent this area. So into Mono County and Mono Lake, not as impressive as Topaz but famous for the rock formations that rise at the waters edge, just like wet sand has been poured into mounds. The visitors centre was closed so we were unable to get close to the structures but managed to drive the track road to get a photo. Onto Bishop for the night, as it was decided that this would be a convenient stop-over to visit Death Valley.

What a great little town, very western looking and with plenty of Indian Heritage. Stayed in a small Motel ( the Outdoorsman ) which was directly infront of the small local bowling alley, so just had to enquire about lane prices. They also do great food at very reasonable prices, steak nite tommorrow !!!

Feb 17th

Decided to have a rest day today and explore this small town, wandered into a local Indian gallery of paintings and hand-made items from the Shishone tribe. The owner was only too pleased to talk about his tribe and heritage, fascinating and we also got a rendition of his flute playing whilst in the shop. He produced 4 different wooden crafted flutes that he played during mountain trekking, pow-wows. He had also stopped a pack of deer in their tracks and he told us of the fawns dancing to the soothing pipes. I can understand how, the music was truly mystical, soothing and mesmorising. He was also an artist after a knee injury kept away from hill walking and more strenuous activities and so he signed a couple of his prints that we had purchased.

After this experience we were carried away with this little town and found a clothing store that sold Indian styled boots, Di bought a very warm furred lined pair, and I a rather more practical pair of rugged high calfed walking boots and replacement inners !! It has been said the boots should last at least 20 years but the inners, well who knows with my feet ????

Ate at the bowling alley and what a steak, 2 inches thick, 10 inches long & 6 inches wide, with fries and garlic bread !! It was a feast and well worth $16 !!! Finished off with a pitcher of dark root beer !!! Bloated and full wandered across the car park to the hotel as the snow began to fall again. Just hoped that it wouldn't settle to badly for the morning departure to Death Valley.

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