Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eating and Staying in Bridgeport, California

This trip was the first time we have ever visited or stayed in Bridgeport. It turned out to be a positive experience. Bridgeport is tiny, quaint, and old-fashioned, not to mention convenient to both Bodie and Mono Lake. We stayed at Walker River Lodge, which had everything we needed--the Jacuzzi came in handy after our days of too much hiking. Above: the town's main landmark, the Mono County Courthouse, ca. 1881.

The town is just a few blocks long, but there are a few good places to eat. We had a delicious dinner at the Bridgeport Inn--pot roast for Bill, salmon for me (with a side of blended couscous/ quinoa--unexpected and very good). It was a Friday night, and the place was packed with locals.

The "Most Fun" eating award goes to J's on the Corner, home of the Kaiser Soze sandwich: pastrami, grilled onion, peperoncini, bacon, pepper jack cheese, spicy mustard, and BBQ sauce. On a Kaiser roll, of course. Bill loved it! I wonder if Kevin Spacey has ever had one. (I had the grilled chicken sandwich, delicious but ordinary in comparison...)

After we checked out, we decided to take a drive up to Twin Lakes, past all the Harris Ranch beef cows, looking happy and lolling about in the grassy pastures. The first lake was our favorite--less crowded--there's a resort at the second lake. My camera was acting up, but this photo of the first lake gives you the idea. Quiet and peaceful, clear water, tall Jeffrey pines. Would we go back? Yes we would!