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Ginny "Circle" Benware
Begins: May 1, 2008
Date: Sat, Jun 21st, 2008
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 481.0
Entry Visits: 535
Journal Visits: 82,603
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Sat-Relaxing in Bishop
This was a great day to rejuvenate with my sisters. I woke early and did my laundry then went to the lobby for the free breakfast and to organize maps and material so I could update the trail journal. Getting to trail towns is really an excuse to pig out. My metabolism is so high I eat tons in town. I had three large servings of bacon and fresh biscuits. I refrained from the gravy with the biscuits but had butter and jam. orange juice an coffee.
There were lots of families at the Holiday Inn Express. We were next to the City Park and they were holding a regional swim meet. The other big event in town was the State Championship for the junior rodeo (high school age). Diana and I drove by the fairgrounds. What a different life these kids lead! The contrast was stark and I marveled when I think of our teenagers on small city lots, riding the bus, maybe caring for a dog. Unfortunately, I worked on my journal and Diana and Tricia hung out. In hindsight I wish we had gone to the State Championship at 3 that afternoon.
We did tour Bishop. This is a fishing Mecca. There were at least 5 sporting goods stores in town catering to fisherman. The motels advertise fish cleaning areas and refrigerators for storage. The bars have banners hung out welcoming fisherman. Bishop is in the Owens Valley and is situated in the lowlands below these gorgeous mountains. Bishop is the town that Galen and Barbara Rowell chose to call home. He was an activist with the Sierra Club, did much to bring the wilderness experience and view close to others through his photography. Barbara Rowell was a photographer and pilot in her own right as well. We spent an hour at their gallery. Unfortunately they were killed in a plane crash in the Eastern Sierra. Visit their website at: http://www.mountainlight.com/. You will be stunned by the images they captured.
After walking up one side of Main St. (highway 395) and down the other, eating lunch at Ray's Den, shopping at Schatts Bakery primarily for gelato, meeting a few PCT hikers we wound up back at the motel with me working on the journal. My big question - should I stay another day? I was beat and there was no way I could get everything done that I needed to prior to leaving. In my phone conversation with Michael he encouraged me to take the time I needed. Diana and Patricia had a great deal of flexibility and were on a little vacation. I asked them if it would be an imposition if we stayed another day and of course the answer was. "No way!" Ahh, basking in sisterly love is so comforting. So I made the announcement that I would like to stay and we planned what we might do on Sunday.
Saturday night we went to dinner at Los Palmos - great food! We had met Lorenzo during the day and he joined us for dinner.
Celebrating My 60th On The PCT
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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