Our second day in Bishop was spent climbing the White Mountains to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the oldest living, non-clonal organisms in the world, averaging 2,000 years old--the oldest being 5,062 years old. The trees themselves are the definition of gnarled with swirls of orange, yellow and black in their bark. I could have spent hours exploring the grove and obsessing over each tree, but the light was beginning to fade and we needed to make it to Mammoth.
Sierras Road Trip: Bishop
Our first overnight stop was in Bishop, where Catie had lived for four years and which became our base of operations as we chased summer storms, explored the gorge, and climbed the White Mountains to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.