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Sunday, June 20th
Bishop

The main reason we wanted to visit Bishop was to visit Galen Rowell's Mountain Light Gallery. We had visited several times when it was in Emeryville, and wanted to visit the new location in Bishop. Sadly, we were not able to visit before Galen and wife Barbara died in a plane crash in August 2002. Making the drive down to Bishop, we could see why they chose to move there from the Bay Area. The drive along Highway 395 includes some wonderful views of the Eastern Sierra.

Bishop itself was hot -- a smoking 95 degrees with absolutely no breeze. Apparently that's not normal (usually it's windy). But on this day we were one of the only people walking on the street. We visited the Mountain Light Gallery, which I think is set in a much nicer, intimate building than the one in Emeryville. Most of Galen's displays were the same as in Emeryville, but there were a few more recent ones from the Bishop area. There was also a smaller guest exhibit featuring Frans Lanting. Lanting has some very nice work, but it's very different from Galen's -- a lot more focused on wildlife than on landscapes.

I had thought about visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pines today. Unfortunately, Nathan wasn't feeling well, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of taking a sick baby up to over 10,000 feet. So we took it easy today. The only other place in Bishop we visited was Mahogany Smoked Meats.


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