After leaving Greenville and the run with the bears adventure we took the eastern route south along 395 because my dad had expressed a desire to visit the ancient bristle cone pine forest. Since this was a great spot for some pictures I was enthusiastic about taking this route. We drove down towards Bishop where we spent the night, but on the way we made a couple of stops. First up we attempted to go to Bodie, but a huge fire in the area thwarted our attempt.
So we continued on to Mono lake where we watched a storm heading our way
and saw a couple deer
So after stopping for the night it was up early in the morning to head up to the Bristlecone forest.
After a brief stop at the visitor center I spotted a sign pointing to a trail to the Methusela tree so off I went. I probably should have read the trail description first. It was a 5 mile hike and at 11,000 feet that was quiet a hike! My Dad followed me and by the time we got back to the car we were both a little out of breath.
After the mornings hike we stopped for lunch then it was on to Manzanar. I already wrote about this important site of a sad part of U.S history earlier but my Mom and Dad hadn’t been there so it was worth another visit.
Next up was a quick stop to walk around the other worldly landscape formed by lava flows at fossil falls.
Then it was time to head home, another great trip.