June 6, 2019

Independence: Eastern California Museum; things to do


High Sierra: Highway 395


Eastern California Museum  155 N. Grant St., (760) 878-0364.  W-Sun 10-4.  By donation.

outdoors wagon display of Eastern California Museum in Independence, California
outdoors wagon display of Eastern California Museum in Independence, California


Founded in 1928, this historic museum displays a large collection of more than 400 Paiute, Shoshone, and finely-made Panamint tribe baskets.  Most date from the 1880s to the 1930s and were specifically for trade to tourists and settlers. 

indoor display of Native American baskets at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California
indoor display of Native American baskets at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California


Among the area artifacts from mining and pioneer life are several treasures--an 1890s Regina music box (purchased in San Francisco)




and a green dress that once belonged to Amelia Earhart (she never lived here, but her husband had a house in the area). 

Amelia Earhart's green dress displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California
Amelia Earhart's green dress displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California


I particularly like a labeled bird-egg collection. 

bird eggs displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California
bird eggs displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California


The rustic outdoor Little Pine Village--a sort of faux ghost town--displays cabins and farm buildings as well as farming and mining equipment and trains.  Some of the buildings were brought in from other places, and one of the outhouses is a rare three-seater, where you can take a leak and get leaked on through the ceiling at the same time.  A peaceful Native Plant Garden offers a pleasant walk.

Native Plant Garden at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California
Native Plant Garden at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California



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June 3, 2019

Bishop: Stopover in Bishop; hotel review + restaurant review


High Sierra:  Highway 395

Stopover in Bishop

Best Western Bishop Lodge  1025 N. Main St., (800) 576-3543, (760) 873-3543.  Pool; hot tub.  Full breakfast.  Pets ok.

This simple motel feature spacious rooms with slate floors and marble shower walls in the bathrooms, and hot water comes out fast.  The beds are comfortable, and the sheets are cotton--good news in summer when it gets mighty hot around here.

guest room at Best Western Bishop Lodge in Bishop, California
guest room at Best Western Bishop Lodge in Bishop, California


breakfast at Best Western Bishop Lodge in Bishop, California
breakfast at Best Western Bishop Lodge in Bishop, California



These two restaurants are an easy walk from the motel:

Aaron Schat’s Roadhouse  871 N. Main St., (760) 873-0000.

Steaks are the specialty here, but you can also get ribs, sandwiches, and salads.  Big burgers are served on a fresh-baked Schat’s cheese roll, and smaller appetites can be satisfied with a half-size burger.  Ten beers are on tap to quench your thirst.

Aaron Schat's Roadhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

exterior of Aaron Schat’s Roadhouse in Bishop, California
exterior of Aaron Schat’s Roadhouse in Bishop, California



Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ  772 N. Main St., (760) 872-4BBQ.

Enjoy slow-cooked smoker barbecue in this simple counter-order spot.  The menu includes beef brisket, tri-tip, pulled pork, St. Louis-cut pork ribs, chicken, and sausage.  Meat is unsauced, but sauces are available to add in regular, spicy, and hot.  I can vouch for the tender brisket, and I witnessed several other diners enjoying ribs and tri-tip.  Everyone seems to lick their plate clean.

Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

exterior of Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California
exterior of Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California


order counter at Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California
order counter at Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California


interior of Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California
interior of Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ in Bishop, California


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