After about ten years since I first saw the place, Mike and I have finally moved to what we think is just about the best place for us to live: Bishop, California.
Located on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada—known for being steeper and more rugged than the West Side—about 200 miles south of Reno, just under 4,000 people live here: mostly ranchers, medical folk, shop/
hotel/restaurant owners, climbing bums here for the legendary Sierra granite, and the rest of us. We’re here for the mountains and the desert.
Bishop sits at the bottom of Owens Valley at an elevation of about 4,000′. But drive east or west just 25 miles or so, and you suddenly find yourself at elevations of around 10,000′ in the Sierra to the west, or in the White Mountains to the east—that’s how steep the East Side is. The upper elevations of the Whites are home to some of the world’s oldest bristlecone pines, accessible by paved road or—if you want to be more intrepid about it—up one of the many rugged canyons that cut into the range.
We are, as has been said, “four hours from anywhere!” Well, maybe not anywhere, but despite our lack of airport, just four hours (hey, it’s the West) of scenic driving from either Reno or Las Vegas puts you in the Bishop area.
tour de la casita
- Awe-Inspiring Photos of Earth’s Oldest Living Trees (mymodernmet.com)
- L.A., Owens Valley settle dispute over dust control (latimes.com)