Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek, and the Buttermilks

Back to the Eastern Sierra travelogue! It was exactly a month ago when the first big storm of the season hit, and we were there for it. While it only rained a half day in Bishop, the mountains saw plenty of snow--and at a time when the trees still had their leaves, most of which hadn't turned color yet. The day after the storm, we took Route 168 from Bishop to Lake Sabrina. Above: Bishop Creek along the way.

The temperature at Lake Sabrina was a frosty 23 degrees, but there were plenty of fishermen out--some at the lake and some wading in the creek. We found that hard to imagine, it being plenty cold for us just standing around in the air. We saw deer frolicking near the road on our way back down.

Below the snow line, we stopped at "The Buttermilks"--a collection of giant boulders that reminded us somewhat of the rocks in Joshua Tree. The area is popular with rock climbers, who scramble up these behemoths with a minimum of equipment. See Bill in the last photo to give you an idea of the scale.