I won't complain because we've been so lucky to have such a string of beautiful sunny days. I won't complain because the low clouds hanging over the mountain tops are really interesting to look at. I won't complain because it forced us to take time to look a little closer at this neat little town. Instead of heading out for another jaw dropping jaunt, we decided to take ourselves on a bit of a scavenger hunt to find all the neat murals around Bishop.
Some of the murals were right along 395, obvious to all. Some were hidden on side streets, and some were pretty well camouflaged in plain sight. Some were whimsical, some historical, some memorialized famous or infamous folks, one was a very thinly veiled political statement, some were painted just "because". A few of them were too big to fit in one photo, a few were in separate panels, one was a tryptich, one was made up of individual tiles, and a couple were quite small.
|Kittie Lee Inn|
built in 1924 it was the height of luxury and many movie stars stayed there.
During WW11, the dining room was turned into
a dorm for military pilots training at the Bishop Airport
|The Slim Princess|
was the name the locals gave to the railroad line
in Laws, CA.
All were quite detailed and some were really quite funny when you looked closely.
|Will Rogers in Bishop|
|one of its many silly details|
|A Dangerous Arrest|
this little mural was on the Police Dept. wall
honors 4-H children and their accomplishments
one of the smaller and more controversial murals
|History of Medicine and Local Pharmacy|
two of the five panels above Dwayne' Friendly Pharmacy
|Young at Heart|
|Bishop Miner's Mural|
|Celebrating the Sierras|
this mural of ceramic tiles depicts 237 species of flora and fauna of the Eastern Sierras
and each tile was hand sculpted and painted by community members
|The Earnest Kinney Teamster Family Mural|
two of the three panels depicting the roll of horses and mules in settling the area
a legendary figure in this area, Crowley Lake is named for him
|Bishop Bakery, 1922|
During the day, skies cleared and we enjoyed our mural search in the sun. On our way home, clouds lowered again and rain fell over the White Mountains to our east, providing us with this beautiful rainbow.
We met Pam and John for dinner at Holy Smokes BBQ, our quickest meal ever. We ordered at the counter and by the time we got to our table the food had arrived! Quite a contrast to the hour plus spent at Thai Thai the night before but just as yummy.
Later that night, as I sat in front of this laptop working on the blog, the Rose Robber struck again. I heard the door slam, looked up and saw his latest offering....