We left the Best Western hotel on Monday, after two very luxurious complementary nights stay, thank you so much again to Rob and Joe at Best Western for having us. Since leaving Yosemite we all are suffering from a Flu-like bug we can’t seem to shake off, so a couple of nights in nice warm beds were just what we needed after a months camping!
We were then lucky enough to stay a further 2 nights in Bishop; allowing us to sample some of the world renowned climbing in the area we had been told so much about. Our very welcoming hosts and tour guides were Adrien, Nancy, their sons Evan and Anthony, and their good friends Greg and Diana. We had met Adrien at the high school whilst doing a presentation, and then when invited to dinner at their house, had been introduced to Greg.
On Tuesday we spent our last day in Bishop climbing the Happy Boulders with Greg and then had a swiss meal cooked by Sabine with the two families. Thank you so much to you all for welcoming us into your homes. With Adrien and Greg both originally hailing from the UK, it was so nice for me (Jenny) to hear a homely accent again, and even have the dulcet tones of radio 4 playing in the background at times! Thank you also for the Yorkshire Tea and Marmite – my mornings back on the road have been revolutionised with this lovely taste of home at breakfast!
Before leaving Bishop Dario was invited to speak at the Bishop Rotary Club, at their Wednesday morning meeting. Thank you for having us – please do stay in touch.
We then left Bishop and headed along highway 395, covering 110km down to Lone Pine. A tough distance any way you look at it, but made especially difficult for Dario whose electric bike was broken and so cycled without any motor assistance! No mean feat.
This morning, Dario was invited to speak at our friend from Bishop, Dianas, work place in the small town of Independence. Thank you for the warm welcome he received there.
We are staying at the Boulder Creek RV park which Julie from the Bishop chamber was able to set up for us. It’s a great place to call home for a few days – thank you to Jacque and family for letting us stay! Jacque was also kind enough to show us the ‘Alabama Hills’ this afternoon. This incredibly unique rock formation is the set for hundreds of wild west films and car adverts. It was a spectacular place to spend a few hours – thanks for the tour!
We have also been busy organising a big clean up on Mount Whitney, which will take place this Saturday. Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the american continent and is a very popular route with climbers and hikers from around the world.
Please see below for how you can get involved! The more the merrier!
There will be two groups leaving, details below;
Group 1) Meeting at the Boulder creek RV park at 11.30pm Friday evening, driving to the base and hiking to the summit and back down again. We expect to be back at the base at around 5pm.
2) Meeting at the Boulder Creek RV park at 8.30am Saturday morning, driving to the base and hiking part of the way up and meeting group 1 on their way down to do the clean up at around lunch time. We will then hike the final decent all together.
We really hope you can join us and please share/pass on to anyone you know in the Inyo County area – the more the merrier!
What to bring with you;
– Garbage bag with you to collect rubbish on the clean up
– Warm Clothes
– Suitable footwear
– Enough food and water for yourself for the duration of the hike.