On June 7 we hopped in the truck for the drive from our house in Albany, California to Big Pine. Our route crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Sonora Pass, Highway 108, a windy two-lane road. As we approached the pass we found ourselves in clouds with light snow flurries, an uncommon occurrence for June. Once we arrived in Big Pine we set up “camp” in the driveway using our Four Wheel Pop-Up Camper as our bedroom for our visit.
I spent the better part of 10 days in Big Pine. During our stay we made a few outings, a picnic lunch in the Inyo Mountains, and a picnic dinner on Big Pine Creek, at an elevation of 8000 feet to escape the heat of the Owens Valley.
Other adventures included morning walks in the desert, paddle boarding on nearby Klondike Lake. On June 16, it was time for me to head home to tend to business; I left Joann to continue playing grandma, providing childcare while our son and daughter-in-law worked. On the trip home I make a quick overnight stop at a favorite dispersed camping spot near Mono Lake. An opportunity to practice social distancing in a quite spot off the beaten track. On June 27 I’ll be heading back to Big Pine for the next installment of grandparenting. Stay tuned.