Winter has arrived…

Mt. Tom and Mt. Basin

Mt. Tom and Mt. Basin

Winter decided to arrive in the Eastern Sierra last week and hasn’t shown any sign of giving up quite yet. This is the first winter I will work at Starbucks and unfortunately must deal with the ever so rude skiiers on their way to Mammoth. So far in the last week the skiiers have been, for the most part, kind. Shocking I know. I think they’ve realized (at least I hope they have) that if we still have snow on the ground after a week, then Mammoth isn’t going to lose any on the mountain any time soon. I mean think about it – Bishop is located at 4,140 feet in elevation while the Village at Mammoth Lakes is just over 8,000 feet. If Bishop still has snow, Mammoth has a whole lot more.

A creek. - Photo by Courtney

A creek. - Photo by Courtney

However, to all the skiiers traveling to Mammoth for this winter holiday, please don’t, and I mean DON’T, drive like you would in LA on dry pavement. That is how you destroy your vehicle by hitting black ice and sliding off the road and possibly hitting a snow pole, tree or another car. No one is to blame but your stupid idiotic self. Don’t go blaming anyone else for you stupidity. I don’t know how many cops that I will ask how their day/week os going and they tell me that they had to scrap another skiier off the pavement because they don’t know how to drive in the freaking snow and ice. Another thing, don’t chew us locals out because we tell you that the road is closed and the California Highway Patrol isn’t going to care that you spent a shit load of money getting a hotel in Mammoth and then left too late and they won’t let you up 395 which is the only road leading to Mammoth from Bishop.

Mt. Williamson outside Independence - Photo by my dad.

Mt. Williamson outside Independence - Photo by my dad.

 While yes most of the skiiers will piss off the locals by being assholes, the snow does make the mountains very imressive to look at. The day after it snowed I decided to go for a drive and take a few pictures of our new winter wonderland. The fact that the snow has now stayed for a week and is treatening to dump more is saying something. For the first time in almost 20 years, we have a good possibility of waking up Christmas morning to a White Christmas. I will admit I don’t like being cold, but I do like to look at the snow.

So to cover everyone out there:

Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, and Happy New Year (if I don’t post before then)!! Have a great and safe holiday.

Pugs on Parade and a Chicken on a Leash…

VFA

VFA

There are a few things that I am certain you can only see in Bishop, California and there were a few at this year’s Christmas Parade. The weather was one of the few typical things when it comes to this time of the year – it was so freakin’ cold. If you’ve never heard of Bishop, we are concidered the Mule Capital of the World. That is evident on Memorial Day weekend at the end of May every year for a celebration called Mule Days, but that’s a different story. The Christmas Parade is about the only parade that the locals come out of hiding to attend. The one for Mule Days is for the many, many, MANY tourists that flock to our wonderful small town for a few days to believe they are cowboys or cowgirls, but just make fools of themselves. The Christmas Parade is also the one that hardly, if any, mules are entered. What can I say, we’re allowed one small break in the year.

I think this year’s parade was one of the longest in quite some time. About ten years ago I was in the parade singing with a group called the Sweet Adalines and we pretty much stopped singing when we lost our voices due to the cold and the fact that it started snowing. No snow was in sight for this year, but the cold remained, but it still managed to bring out a few odd entries. Two that really come to mind are a chicken on a leash and an odd-looking elf. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself:

Look - It's a chicken on a leash!
Look – It’s a chicken on a leash!
Elf on crack?

Working theory: Elf on crack?

See? I’m not as crazy as you might think. At least I have pictures to prove this. Never in my life did I think I would see a chicken on a leash, but then again I do live in Bishop. As far as the elf is concerned, I have no explaination. I don’t know what that is or if it is meant to give children joy or nightmares. We do have an Elm street…. hmmm, I do wonder sometimes.

Merry Pugmas!! It's the Pugs on Parade!!
Merry Pugmas!! It’s the Pugs on Parade!!

To lighten to odd mood, we had some wonderful and feastive animals join us with the Animal Shelter, hoping to find a home for their four-legged friends, and the Pugs on Parade. The pugs were just too cute and cannot be properly described with words, but pictures I have.

 

More pugs...

More pugs...

 

ready for the Holidays.

ready for the Holidays.

 And I have more pictures of the parade. Enjoy.

 

Harley Davidson motorcycles help start the parade.

Harley Davidson motorcycles help start the parade.

 

Smokey Bear with a few of his trusted firefighters.

Smokey Bear with a few of his trusted firefighters.

 

Bishop Union High School Band

Bishop Union High School Band

 

An Angel joins us.

An Angel joins us.

Santa joined us for the finale.

Santa joined us for the finale.