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Ahhh… there’s nothing like the Eastern Sierra to promote rest, relaxation, and a connection to the earth. Not to mention an opportunity to test out our new car—a Bronco Sport.

As you can see from that video, our first stop was in Yosemite National Park. Although the sky was overcast as we neared Tioga Pass, we weren’t complaining because the temperature at 10,000’ was a huge relief after the triple-digit heat we’d been experiencing in the Central Valley and the foothills. The collage below was taken near Tenaya Lake.

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, our destination for this getaway was Convict Lake. As you might imagine, there’s a story behind that name. Short version: In 1871, some escaped prisoners made a run for it and holed up near the lake. A posse caught up with them. During a shootout, a local merchant by the name of Morrison (name of the dramatic-looking peak behind the lake) was killed, along with several others.

(If you’d like to read the long version, it’s a lot more interesting:

The lake is a very popular fishing hole south of Mammoth, California, on Highway 395. The Convict Lake Resort is renowned for its year-round cabins, wedding destination, well-stocked store, and popular restaurant. Our cute little cabin with a spectacular view of Mt. Laurel was right next door to our travel pals, Fred and Colleen, who have been coming here for more than twenty-five years. They also served as our off-roading guides on a couple of adventures I’ll share in coming newsletters.

For me, the timing of this trip couldn’t have been better. No email or phones. And since the fishing wasn’t the best, we got to spend our time exploring the beautiful and amazing Owens Valley. But, never fear, thanks to our resourceful friend and intrepid fisherman, Fred, we did get to enjoy some grilled trout. 😉


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Stay well, my friends, and happy reading,


Upcoming: Off-roading adventures of the very dusty kind.

PS: Apologies!!!
I missed Father’s Day.
I know it’s a made-up holiday, but it’s also a nice way to recognize and celebrate the men in my life. Paul was treated to bows in his hair, handmade cards, and lots of kisses. JP took his family on a climbing adventure!
Belated hugs to my readers who are also fathers!

Here are a few pics, including me with my dad (photo taken in 1945 when he got back from the war).



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