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Lyndsey Rowan
Bishop High School

More often than not, people have to travel great distances to be one with nature. However, sometimes a community is blessed with nature being right out their front door. Bishop is one of those communities. Around this time of year, the weather gets nippy, the days get shorter, the trees change color. Fall is a special time, especially here in the Eastern Sierras. My family and I decided to go on a short hike to Grass Lake, so we could admire the fall colors.
I could tell it would be an amazing hike before we even got out of the truck. The parking lot is about a 25 minute drive from our house; I enjoyed every second of it. As we went up, the sagebrush transitioned into evergreens, which then included aspen trees. Aspen trees are a very special kind of tree. What appears to be an entire forest of aspens could just be a few dozen individual trees. The vast majority of the forest would be made up of each individual’s clones. The more we progressed up the hill, the more yellow, red, and orange we began to see.

Immediately after we stepped out of our truck, we were almost blown over. Jackets were put on and hoods went up. However, the scenery definitely made up for the wind. All around us were valleys of yellow trees and cliffs of gray and red rock. Thin, wispy clouds drifted over us in a bright blue sky. Once we finished admiring the beauty of our surroundings, we made a new friend. Right outside of the parking lot was a marmot, making his way down a heap of reddish-white rocks. He paused towards the bottom, on a flat rock. He stared at us, not showing the slightest hint of fear. Then, he turned to his left, just a little bit, moving into the perfect position for a picture. Mom said he was showing us his good side. The notion of the marmot doing that was pretty funny.

We walked about half of a mile on a dusty dirt road before we even stepped onto the trailhead. Upon entering the trail, I instantaneously felt a sense of wonder. There was a blanket of yellow leaves on the trail, guiding the way. Aspen trees gently encompassed our path, and the faint sound of a trickling stream was audible. In a single file line, we started our trek to the lake.

As I made my way up, I was in awe. I had never been anywhere so serene. I had this thought that was consistent throughout the hike “If fairies are real, they would probably live here.” Aspen trees weaved in and out of one another, making nooks and crannies that small creatures could live in. Small brooks and streams flowed from a larger creek into some of these crannies, providing water to drink from. The golden leaves fluttering across the trail could be made into fairy clothes. It was a lovely idea. Slowly, dry pine needles began to integrate themselves into the leaves on the ground as we progressed. The switchbacks began and continued on, leaving me short of breath on some occasions.

Finally, after climbing for a mile or so, we reached Grass Lake. It was accurately named, for it was surrounded by grass, whispering in the wind. Directly across the lake from us was a patch of trees that stood out to me. The very top of each tree was red, then as you went down the leaves turned orange, then yellow. The wind was still cold, but it was gusty, and in between the gusts you could feel the sweet warmth of the sun on your back. We stayed there, watching waves in the water and eating our snacks for about an hour. Then we headed back, happy with our experience.

(Lyndsey Rowan is a freshman at Bishop Union High School. She moved to Bishop with her mom, dad and younger brother a little over four years ago. Lyndsey has a cat named Willow and a dog named Apollo. The two sports she likes to play are volleyball and softball. Her favorite subjects in school are English, science and math. Her favorite places to be are Bishop and the Pacific Ocean.)

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2 days ago

CHRA D9 High School Rodeo starts tomorrow! Gates open at 8:30am both days. Open to the public! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

"Just some cat tails in front of the mountains." Really??!! 😉
Thank you, @chriscargophoto for the beautiful shot.
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Just some cat tails in front of the mountains. Really??!! 😉
Thank you, @chriscargophoto for the beautiful shot.
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Gorgeous country!

Beautiful

Dang! That's a lot of "cats" running around 🤣

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3 days ago

The wind is currently HOWLING outside, so here is a little throwback (it is Thursday, afterall) to last summer when "Traveling Robert" met one of our Bishop Visitor staff and was inspired to come visit our Small Town with a Big Backyard. The video he made from that trip is AWESOME!! If you are missing Bishop and our local mountains, check it out on our video page:
www.bishopvisitor.com/gallery/
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The wind is currently HOWLING outside, so here is a little throwback (it is Thursday, afterall) to last summer when Traveling Robert met one of our Bishop Visitor staff and was inspired to come visit our Small Town with a Big Backyard. The video he made from that trip is AWESOME!! If you are missing Bishop and our local mountains, check it out on our video page: 
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/gallery/

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Beautiful content of a beautiful place. I have frequented Bishop and the Eastern Sierra for 30 plus years, as I have fly-fished through out the western states and experienced breath taking area's. Bishop and the surrounding area will always be my home waters for this trout bum. Many memories made with family and friends, some that have passed on, but always live on when standing in a stream bed that brings me comfort in the early morning sunrise, or the breath taking sunsets knowing we are United in our special place.

Fabulous video of a gorgeous place!

Very friendly place to visit

Next month 🤗🤗

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4 days ago

The lenticular clouds are always such a fantastic sight. And did you know that they indicate weather coming??
Beautiful shot @schobdog!!
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The lenticular clouds are always such a fantastic sight. And did you know that they indicate weather coming??
Beautiful shot @schobdog!!
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Awesome photo! Did not know it indicates weather coming. Meaning a storm?

Lovely shot!

Beautiful captured cirrus clouds...love this!

Beautiful picture. Love those clouds

Glider pilots drool over the sight of these clouds! See you guys starting in May! Lone Pine/Bishop here we come! By the way, we only fly the best....Schweitzer 126's!

There's alot of Different Formations of Clouds in the Sky. Beautiful n Unusual Patterns.

They always remind me of flaky biscuits! 😂

These are the most interesting clouds.

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5 days ago

It's Tuesday... is your head in the clouds dreaming about the weekend? Or your next trip to the Bishop?
Thanks for the cool shot ALapomardo
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Its Tuesday... is your head in the clouds dreaming about the weekend? Or your next trip to the Bishop?
Thanks for the cool shot ALapomardo
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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What a beautiful shot. Thanks.

A wonderful place to visit .💕

Just spectacular!

My next trip to Bishop

DEFINITELY BISHOP! 😉☺😍😄

I can’t wait to come

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