Our New Home in Bishop

View from our driveway, looking southwest toward the mountains. The neighbors like to eat grass.
Sunset view from our driveway, looking southwest toward the mountains. Some of the neighbors like to eat grass. Other neighbors have a parrot and play mariachi music in the afternoons. We’re trying to teach other bird calls to the parrot.

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.

Dining al fresco with Mike, Chris, Todd, and sundry vehicles.
Backyard dining al fresco with Todd, Mike, Chris, and sundry vehicles.

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, early 1900s. Photo courtesy Eastern California Museum.
Bishop, early 1900s. Photo courtesy Eastern California Museum.

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.

Modern Bishop, looking northwest toward Mt. Tom and the Wheeler Crest.
Modern Bishop, looking northwest toward Mt. Tom and the Wheeler Crest.
View of town and the White Mountains from "Little Egypt," a local cragging area.
View of town and the White Mountains from “Little Egypt,” a local cragging area.
Rock Creek and the Little Lakes Valley, about 30 miles north of town.
Alpine style: Rock Creek and the Little Lakes Valley, about 30 miles north of town.

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

Our little house sits behind the landlord's house, at left in photo.
Our little house is at left in photo, tucked behind the landlord’s house.
The house came with a garden! Volunteer perennials, herbs, and an army of sunflower soldiers.
The house came with a garden! Volunteer perennials, herbs, and an army of sunflower soldiers. I planted peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and beans.
Living room wing.
Living room wing, with Carolyn’s home office.
Living room, looking toward Mike's office / gear room / sewing room / access to bedroom + bathroom.
Living room, looking toward Mike’s office / gear room / sewing room / access to bedroom + bathroom.
Wee dining room to kitchen, and someone making a snack.
Wee dining area to kitchen, and someone making a snack.
The BJURSTA dining table from the Burbank IKEA, chairs adopted from Chris and Todd.
The BJURSTA dining table from the Burbank IKEA, chairs adopted from Chris and Todd. The Ansel Adams Gallery is on the back wall.
Kitchen, with super-vintage O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove / griddle / oven.
Kitchen, with super-vintage O’Keefe & Merritt gas stove / griddle / oven.
Kitchen, with GROLAND work island from IKEA. (we are now big fans.)
Kitchen, with GROLAND work island from IKEA. (we are now big fans.)

IMG_5788Come visit!

2 thoughts on “Our New Home in Bishop

  1. looks great. We are about to move to Reno and will be “scouting” for a more permanent home so we’ll keep this area in mind. We visited Nevada in May and passed through this area – it was quite beautiful.

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