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Old 10-20-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Thanks, everyone! Rep points to all. On the way back, I'm staying at Mammoth for two days, so that should be interesting as well. However, at least I know that Bishop isn't that far away (if I don't mind driving up and down that grade) if I yearn for a city!
Idea for the return trip on your way to Mammoth.

Instead of just jumping on to 395 via Reno, take 89 south to Markleeville. Then over Monitor Pass to 395. Very, very scenic. The Aspens are in full fall splendor as we speak. Then should you be hungry when you hit 395 stop in at the Walker Burger in beautiful downtown Walker (pop. 500). Oh, yes: should you decide to take this route, gas up in South Lake. One pump (no station) in Markleeville and the next gas is in Bridgeport-both places charge a $1 more per gallon than SLT.

If you want to go to a creepy ghost town while in Mammoth check out Bodie.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Thanks, everyone! Rep points to all. On the way back, I'm staying at Mammoth for two days, so that should be interesting as well. However, at least I know that Bishop isn't that far away (if I don't mind driving up and down that grade) if I yearn for a city!
Thankyou darlin'.

My beloved son was conceived in Bishop, on our way to Yosemite. But, not my three beloved daughters.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Mr5150, thanks so much for that suggestion! I've driven that route before, and it is indeed beautiful! I've never been to Walker Burger, though, so I might just have to stop and check that out. Thanks as well for the tip about getting gas; it's amazing how much those small towns jack up the prices!

One more strange question for all of you... Check-in at Northstar is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 the office is closed, so that's a rather small window of opportunity! I want to drive up 395, simply because the scenery is so much nicer than on the 5. However, there are many areas where it's only two lanes (one lane in each direction), and if I get stuck behind a slow semi, or if there's an accident, I could be stuck. Going up the 5 and over I-80 would be quicker, of course. I plan to leave between 6:00 and 6:30 tomorrow morning, and I'd like to stop for lunch for at least half an hour to stretch my legs. Which route would you recommend? Or should I just leave earlier and take 395, anyway?
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Well, I guess that was a rather silly question. Obviously, I'll figure it out! Thanks again for all your help, everyone!
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Thanks, everyone! Rep points to all. On the way back, I'm staying at Mammoth for two days, so that should be interesting as well. However, at least I know that Bishop isn't that far away (if I don't mind driving up and down that grade) if I yearn for a city!
If you go to Bishop and like Thai food, this place is not to be missed:
Thai Thai Restaurant - Bishop, CA

An odd place to find such good Thai food.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I don't have a laptop, and I only have a "dumb phone", so I was without Internet access on my trip. Out of the 700+ photos (!!!) I took, I think this is by far the best one. Thanks again to everyone for all of your help! (By the way, I did take 395; I just couldn't resist.)

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Sounds like you had a great time Sandy.

Is this a pic of Lake Tahoe?
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Yup, King's Beach at around 4:00 p.m.! Even as I was snapping this, I was thinking, "I doubt I'll ever take a better picture..." and it turned out that I was right. I had a very good time, but I'm glad to be home. It was 24 degrees this morning when I left Mammoth!
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Yup, King's Beach at around 4:00 p.m.! Even as I was snapping this, I was thinking, "I doubt I'll ever take a better picture..." and it turned out that I was right. I had a very good time, but I'm glad to be home. It was 24 degrees this morning when I left Mammoth!
Yep, the mornings are a little nippy. Soon the snow
will be flying. That's why we picked the mountains of southwest Oregon, to live. The winters are pretty mild here.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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I lived at Tahoe for 40 years. I miss most things about the area, including those crisp mornings. Many a hike we stopped around 10:00 AM to pull off the long johns.
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