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On location: Inyo and Mono Counties

May/June 2013 California Bountiful magazine

What makes them distinctive? Find out!



California's Eastern Sierra is a top U.S. destination according to travel guides, and it's easy to see why. Home to ski resorts, cattle ranches and ghost towns, Inyo and Mono counties have glorious views, and plenty of room to stretch your legs and take a deep breath of fresh air.

Matt and Maria Kemp
When moving cattle between valley and mountain pastures, the Kemp family wakes at 2 a.m. and rides until 6 p.m. for multiple days. Matt and Maria Kemp's children are the sixth generation of ranchers to enjoy all the region has to offer, including camping, fishing and hiking.
Family Fun
Bishop Mule Days, Bishop
Considered by many to be the nation's premier mule show, the six-day celebration spotlights the talent and diversity of mules, plus the often-unsung skills of back-country packers. The Bishop Mule Days celebration will mark its 44th year May 21-26.
www.muledays.org
Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
A bumpy, 13-mile drive off U.S. Highway 395 takes you into another era. In the 1800s, Bodie was home to 10,000 residents and 65 saloons. Today, it and other ghost towns in the region are open for tours.
www.bodie.com
Toomey's, Mammoth Lakes
Chef Matt Toomey, formerly of the Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining, has something for everyone, from coconut mascarpone pancakes for breakfast to wild buffalo meatloaf for dinner.
toomeyscatering.com

Photo: Nathan Yan
Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Lakes
Fish raised here are released into nearby lakes and the Owens River, known for great fly fishing. Open daily (weather permitting) for self-guided tours. No reservations needed, but large groups should call ahead.
www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/HotCreek

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