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Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Original Post - May 7, 2008 - 10:48pm PT
What a great town.

The one silver lining in the car parts ordeal is that I've spent more time here than ever before. It's more down-to-earth in some ways than Mammoth... no doubt because there are more real people and fewer yups with a summer home. Everywhere I go I see fit outdoorsy people who use words like "sketchy"... my tribe!

So what do you like about this town? Any special stories or "must visit" places? Got any favorite cheap eats?

Looks like I may be here for a while...
susan peplow

May 7, 2008 - 11:42pm PT
Go grab an ice cream at the Baskin Robbins and walk across the street on Tuesday or Thursday evenings to watch adult softball.

Same story for Millpond (minus the ice cream).


Booze on City property at your own risk

May 7, 2008 - 11:46pm PT
you can get the New York Times and a decent coffee at the bookstore

Sport climber
Silverado, CA
May 7, 2008 - 11:58pm PT
Many good memories from up there...

Vista, CA
May 8, 2008 - 12:01am PT
Great Basin Bakery on Lagoon has very good coffee, bread, bagels, and baked goodies, and nice people that work there.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
May 8, 2008 - 12:27am PT
Eastside nutshell:

Mammoth is a prissy pit.

Bishop is like Boulder, but with yellower teeth.

Big Pine is a defunct Indian Tacos trailer and cheaper gas.

Independence was a Frosty Stop, now deceased.

Lone Pine is Ill fitting cowboy boots and bad Katchina dolls.

Lee Vining is like Lone Pine, but the boots fit better. Too bad there is no soap in the windshield washer buckets at Wofgang Pucks rip off gas mart.

Hot tubs: a festering cauldron of stuff even a mild bleach solution won't deter.

What's to appreciate?

Edit: This cool ad popped up on top of this page... interesting. Probably linked to the keyword "hot tubs" in my post. Them Google ad words sure do seem to work!

orange crush

Boulder climber
May 8, 2008 - 02:43am PT
everyone loves schaats in town but its a bit expensive but you can score some great deals on day old bread for 1/4th price, and 2 day old breads and bakery treats for 35cents and theres nothing wrong with 2 day old bread i constantly eat more than day old bread at my house

Trad climber
May 8, 2008 - 02:45am PT
Schaats is frozen baked good tourist garbage.

The east side is heaven, no matter what town you are calling home!
Fish Finder

Social climber
May 8, 2008 - 04:17am PT
"So what do you like about this town?"

The local girls!

Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 8, 2008 - 10:16am PT
Amigos is fantastic. If they served margaritas I'd never leave the place.
J. Werlin

May 8, 2008 - 10:49am PT
What's the name of that greasy spoon on the north end of town that has the killer Thai food?

The Tablelands, the 'milks, the Sierra, the Gorge, hot springs, bristlecones, small town, not so far from Josh, the Meadows, the Valley. Don't know if there is a better climbing/mountain town in the U.S.

Thought of moving there more than once. Only downer for me is the proximity to L.A. But hey, you can always hide out on the weekends.

Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2008 - 12:05pm PT
Splurged and picked up a burrito from Amigos yesterday. The burrito itself was good but not brilliant. Their salsa, however, was killer. Probably about the best I've ever had.

People really do use the public land around town, and this necessitates some discretion when camping. Even this morning, I'm way up on a hill in the Tungsten Hills, and I wake up to the sound of voices very near by. Some hikers.

I don't think I should mention yesterday morning's very embarrassing incident... but suffice it to say those poor ladies may have been somewhat traumatized (or maybe titillated, one never knows). Hence my unsuccessful attempt to get further out.
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
May 8, 2008 - 12:11pm PT
I like Bishop
Miss Kava cafe, tho
dead up there now - but the fishing is getting good
The Pit closes in a coupla days
little warm for climbing at your limit
milks are still all good
Village cafe kicks ass
Black sheep coffee kicks ass too
even Looney bean is good


Trad climber
May 8, 2008 - 12:12pm PT
The ONLY reason to go to BigShop is Fart and Smile . . . ooops, I mean Smart and Final. . . they have the BEST big trash bags in the world!



May 8, 2008 - 12:23pm PT
Bishop is my favorite place in CA. Started with a roadtrip in 87 from Prescott AZ, and can't count the number of times I have returned. Heading back this weekend. Hope to move back within five years.

May 8, 2008 - 01:27pm PT
for me, the entire area has lots of great memories...

june lake was a family tradition from when i was about three years old. i remember the gigantic newfoundland dog named kuby (coby?) that was bigger than me at the vista motel. i have pics of my brother and late grandpa and i whth big stringers of trout, i must have been about 4, big sh#t eating grin, crooked hat.

i remember pissing in bait jars and coffee cups on gull lake when i was 5 cause the fish were biting and we werent going anywhere.

i can still see the fishheads sliding down the gulls throats as i cleaned my first fish behind the vista.

and that damned chipmunk that stole the meat off my sandwhich but left the bread while we fished virgina lake.

my first time in a tent was in rock creek. it was about 20 degrees and my big bro got the flu and puked all night. he bucked up and wanted to fish the next day. mom and dad fought over it, dad won and we fished.

didnt get over there much during high school and college, but my first vacation in the working world, my wife and i did our first 10 nighter back in the pioneer basin, recesses area. out of food, a little ganja, we made spears and worked the inlets and outlets off the fourth recess lake and speared a dozen small trout for our last dinner. it took all day cause they would scatter and wouldnt come back for about an hour after you got one.

i remember going after BCS when i first started climbing. there was still a lot of snow, we were slow, the altitude got me, late start, benighted. it was ugly, but we were downclimbing, rapping the ne butt when i decided to propose.

so i proposed in little lakes valley on jan 1, 1998. a big storm was comin in so we packed up and bailed like chickens. called the family and told them from the mammoth cheveron station. got pie eyed in slocums. cv joint problem. the vw guy in mammoth was awesome.

my daughter was conceived either in the vanagon either in rock creek or over by the thermal bouldering area outside of mammoth.

the first time i felt my daughter kick was in a motel in bishop.

we were in rock creek when my wife started puking every morning. heading over to the valley we stopped in mammoth and got a pregancy test. pulled over on 395 between mammoth and june and found out we were havin a baby...


Trad climber
May 8, 2008 - 01:28pm PT

What about Bridgeport? I used to love this place as a kid, the twin lakes and all. What is it like these days?

Trad climber
Pasadena, CA
May 8, 2008 - 01:31pm PT
Those are some awesome memories, salad. You will never forget those places, that's for sure.


Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 8, 2008 - 01:41pm PT
"Adult softball?" Sounds like something that belongs over on Locker's thread.

I like that the median age is something like 83. All those geezers make me feel like a little kid cutting through Old Man Smithers' lawn or something.

Lower down on the population pyramid, sixteen year old girls, pushing strollers and eyeballin' you like you're their ticket out, always make me nervous. I used to get that a lot up in Shasta too.

I do like Mule Days.

Much as Los Anchorage is close to Alaska, the BEST thing about Bishop is it's proximity to the East Side.

Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2008 - 01:48pm PT
Nice post salad.

The median age in Bishop is... get this... 40. Better yet, for every 100 females over 18 there are only 90 males. (Source: Wikipedia)

One more reason Bishop should be appreciated.
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