|some places we explored around Bishop|
I thought then of hiking in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. I called Bishop Chamber of Commerce if they have health hazards warning in the area from the Rogue fire in Kings Canyon National Park, which is in the western side of the Sierra Nevada. The lady told me their mountains are not affected by fire and they do not get health warnings yet. I asked then for sky quality for possible Milky way photography in the night, and she told me the southeast sky is very clear, so should be very okay. After that call, I checked availability in Bishop, and felt so thankful I was able to book 3 nights, Saturday-Monday nights.
When we reached Bishop about noon time Saturday, the sky was very blue and so clear. I was like, "wow! great! I would have a grand time tonight!" To escape the heat in the desert valley ( the town of Bishop is in the desert valley, its mountain however is about 20-30 degrees cooler due to high altitude), we went up Bishop Creek Canyon to do some hikes. Since it is our first day hiking at high altitude, we chose a short one for our acclimatization hike. We hiked North Lake to Grass Lake.
|Grass Lake and North Lake at Bishop Creek Canyon|
|hazy sky above Lake Sabrina, the smoke were coming from the wildfires at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park|
|sunbow above the rugged mountain peaks, Bishop, California|
So, for day 2, we hiked the Morgan Pass trail in Little Lakes Valley.
|the many lakes we passed during our hike at Morgan Pass trail, Little Lakes Valley|
|Blue Lake and the Sabrina Basin Trail, Bishop Creek Canyon|
|Blue Lake, John Muir Wilderness Inyo National Forest, Bishop Creek Canyon|
Our hikes did make up for the star-filled sky we missed, and the more we explore the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California, I feel so thankful that I could enjoy a rocky mountain escape without having to fly.