Greetings from Bishop, California…..we began our trek on Monday but first a little “catching up” on the family from the last 6 months or so.
My parents are doing well at the Regency Grand in West Covina. Dad loves playing bingo, going on day trips and activities with others who live there. Mom enjoys her “down time” and loves playing on the iPad. We have taken them on a few 3 day trips; one to Borrego Springs in February with Charlene and Dennis Bim (my aunt and uncle and my mom’s brother) and to Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station in late April where we camped right on the ocean. Additionally, we took them to a Dodger game in June for Father’s Day where dad actually got a foul ball, something that never happened in the many years we have been going to see our beloved Dodgers play!! Dennis used his artistic talents and customized the ball with the logos of the two teams, the hitter who fouled the ball off and the date.
As many of you know, Kelli, our daughter, decided to go back to school to become a nurse and we are extremely proud to announce that she received her Bachelor’s in Nursing along with her RN. Once she passes her state boards she will be working as an RN…..what an accomplishment!
I flew out to Washington, DC and met up with Tom (my brother-in-law), his sister and her husband and a dear friend, John Melis to celebrate Claire's graduation from William and Mary. Claire showed us all around the historic campus and we also had time before and after the graduation to see Washington, DC.
We took Kaia on her annual summer trip and this year it was Seal Beach. Yes, it wasn’t far but it definitely was action packed. Our usual campfires with popcorn and a movie but we also attended two car shows, went kayaking, hiked, went to the Orange County Fair and went to the beach almost every day.
Now to our trip…..we left the LA area at 2 a.m. on Monday so that we could still have a full day when we got to Bishop. After setting up camp at Highlands RV in Bishop (nice campground for our fellow RV’ers) we drove to Big Pine then up a mountainous road to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. These rank as the oldest trees in the world and these ancient trees can be 3-4,000 years old! We took a mile and a half hike in the Schulman Grove, named after the scientist who was one of the pioneers of Dendrochronology, the science of studying tree-ring patterns.
The next day we drove west up into the Inyo National Forest to Lake Sabrina. With all the rains the Sierra Nevada has received lately, the lake was at capacity and the fishermen were abundant. We hiked along the stream and even saw a young buck near one of the campgrounds. We also walked the town of Bishop both afternoons perusing the antique and outfitting shops. Fun town, we will definitely be back but now onto new adventures as we head east and as the title of our blog states….we will be taking as many roads that are less traveled!