the wandering chick
...The Eastern Sierra Nevadas
Along Highway 395,
from Lee Vining to Lake Topaz
Bridgeport is probably the most picturesque town along the upper stretch of Highway 395. It's a small town; there's not even a stoplight on its Main Street...or anywhere else in town. This is a picture of its courthouse, built in 1880.
the Bridgeport Inn was built in 1877 and, as the Bridgeport Hotel, was a stopping point for stagecoat travelers going to Bodie. It is said that Sanuel Clemens stayed here; therefore a room has appropriately been named the "Mark Twain Room." It's also said the hotel in haunted by a ghost named "The White Lady," and many guests over the years have witnessed her. Ooooooooooooh.
Bridgeport has at least five hotels/motels within its three-block stretch. Not sure what I'm missing around this area, but they all seem to be thriving.
Above: Mono County Jail
Left: Bridgeport Community Church
Below: a window in the Bridgeport Courthouse
The Sierra Nevads line the landscape upon leaving Bridgeport headed north.
The West Walker River meanders through the pastures from Bridgeport all the way north to the Topaz Lake.
Horses in a small corral in Walker, CA, a small town along the Highway 395.
Above and Right: The most southern edge of Lake Topaz
The Latte da coffee shop in Lee Vining was my wi-fi hot spot for a couple days. Wonderfully strong coffee.
The road from Bridgeport to Twin Lakes snakes through open pastures dotted with cattle....and one coyote who was pretty wise to my trying to get a picture.
The road ends at Annette's Mono Village on Upper Twin Lake where fishing is the name of the game.
Lower Twin Lake is quite picturesque with large drfitwood pieces skirting the shoreline.
The Upper Twin Lake marina
The Steller's Jay seem to enjoy the pines of the eastern Sierra Nevadas.
The Mono Village RV Park at Upper Twin Lake has a hiking trail that includes large redwood trees and a fast-moving stream.
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