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Somewhere in a season or on the cusp between two seasons is that special moment in time that stirs weather patterns deep inside and fulfills your inner awe. It is unique to you. In Bishop, we call it the 5th Season.

We think that the bond between the adventurist spirit and season is formed during childhood. It’s like that feeling we had when we successfully rode our bicycle alone for the first time; we were joyous and free and unrestrained. As adults, there is a moment every year that revives that feeling of youthfulness, almost without realization. It may be a vibrant energy or a deep calm. It might be spiritual, or it could be the sensation of absolute freedom – if only for a moment. Our childlike wonder in the world is revived through an adventure we choose and our connection to the moment in a season.

This is the 5th season.

The four seasons have different characteristics around the world. One may be short like a good joke and another long. One may be imperceptible and another truly remarkable like watching the Milky Way arc overhead on a new moon night while snuggled in a sleeping bag with a giant mug of cocoa. Often where one season ends, and another begins is blurred. But as sure as the seasons come and go every year there is a sequence that defines life.

There is the moment of awakening followed by a phase of growth and flourishing. Next comes an opportunity to shine and reveal the vitality of life. Then a period of ease and tranquility takes over to gather energy and begin the process all over again. In nature these portrayals are usually ascribed to a specific season: spring, summer, fall, and winter respectively. But each of us will have a unique seasonal sequence. Perhaps some of us gather energy in spring, bud in summer, and flourish in fall. Others may be restful in summer, bloom in fall, and thrive in winter. At some point, in the annual cycle of life, there is one wonderful moment when we feel most alive.

This is your 5th season.

In the Eastern Sierra the four seasons are quite well defined and obvious. But, as nature would have it, capricious! Timing is everything. That’s not unusual – as seasons go. What is unusual, is our big backyard can experience two or more seasons at the same time. Why? Because altitude is everything too.

When it’s still winter at the high elevations and snow lies deep on the ground and the air is frosty – it is spring in the valley and wildflowers are blossoming in the dusky, high-desert earth. In summer when heat still saturates all but the shadiest of spots in the lowlands – the air is crisp in the high mountain canyons and the leaves begin to turn from green to gold. Seasons overlap and present different characteristics at different places on our map.

This makes Bishop the perfect playground for that inner child in you. Find out where and when you can experience your 5th season. A moment to experience joy and playfulness, be spontaneous and energetic, and revitalize yourself physically and emotionally.

Take a virtual tour through pages of unique adventures and find a trail, or stream, a waterfall, a vista, or a road to ride that takes you to the essence of you. Whether you are enlightened by a walk among the planet’s oldest living beings or love to climb, ride, hike, fish, run, fly or simply gaze at the starry, starry night – we are certain there’s a place and a time here in our big backyard that will fulfill your childhood dreams. Begin with the maps of the many wonderful places that encompass the Eastern Sierra and CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

Find your 5th season and choose your adventure here:

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3 days ago

Happy Friday! It doesn’t get much nicer than this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
❤️ Bishop

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Happy Friday! It doesn’t get much nicer than this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 
❤️ Bishop 

#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #whitemountains #canalwalk

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My dream for retirement!

What a beautiful spot! I just love that town...💐

Wish I was there's now...

Thanks for sharing this!! So beautiful 😍

just got home from spending four days there

So beautiful and amazing picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

Beautiful.

See you next week bishop 🤗🤗

Pretty picture!

where is this? Mill Pond?

see you next week.

Buckley ponds?

How much snow does bishop have in winter time?

Beautiful

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4 days ago

Laaaaaabor Day Weekend plans? How about the fair?Oh hey there! 👋 Happy days from a friendly local 🐐 - Looking forward to more interaction with humans. Hope to see you at the Fair! Laaaaabor Day Weekend.

Photo credit: Jeff Simpson
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Laaaaaabor Day Weekend plans? How about the fair?

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Wish I could be there! 🤗💞good times

Labor day? Go home goat, you're drunk.

Christina Flores-Hinojosa

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5 days ago

Who’s been up here? The trailhead and campground are clear of snow, the aspen are preparing to grow leaves, and it is BEAUTIFUL!! 🍃😍
(The trail undoubtedly has snow on it, so please be prepared and be EXTREMELY cautious crossing streams this time of the year!)

📷 by Betsy Forsyth
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Who’s been up here? The trailhead and campground are clear of snow, the aspen are preparing to grow leaves, and it is BEAUTIFUL!! 🍃😍 
(The trail undoubtedly has snow on it, so please be prepared and be EXTREMELY cautious crossing streams this time of the year!)

📷 by Betsy Forsyth
#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler

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Yay. Me, me but, oh yeah, not for 45 years.

Yes I’ve been there!

2003, I did this loop, Lamarck Lakes to Evolution Valley to Piute Lake to Trailhead.

Hike to Lamark lake is lagit, straight up the mountain, takes about 3 hours

About 54 years ago. 🙂

I’ve been there years ago

Sara Kvaas

Ben to Paiute pass and beyond many times, no bears there!

Been going to Bishop for years on are way now to Mule Days

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6 days ago

Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!Let's give it up for our local Fairgrounds to step into a summer full of safe outdoor fun; featuring more space for RV and tent camping, plus big events like Mule Days, California High School Rodeo, a Drive-In and Tailgate Concert series - all at the Tri County Fairgrounds, in Bishop! They're planning for a bigger and better year, bigger stage, better sound, bigger acts, and better seats! 🎥🍿--

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Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!

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Be there soon

That sounds so fun.

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7 days ago

Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift!

Photo by Julie Faber
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Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift! 

Photo by Julie Faber
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How cute!

Awww. Congratulations momma

Hi sweet baby.❤️

Sweet baby horse.

Aww adorable

Truly beautiful ....well done Mummy ❤

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful horses!

Que belleza 😊 me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con los caballos, lindo y hermoso día

Beautiful

Sara Kvaas ... not sure if you follow this page, given how we love Aspendell!

💞

Sweetheart.

So pretty.

So cute

Ohhhh cute!

Awww 🥰

❤️🐎❤️❗️

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