A Bit of Golf and Rock Scrambling

Bishop, CA

On Tuesday we took a break from playing tourist.  John and Dave enjoyed a round of golf at Bishop Golf Course, a nice eighteen hole layout just south of town surrounded by the mountains.  Pam caddied for John while Sue drove a cart for Dave.

View from the first tee

Dave avoided the fairway to play in the sand

The drought saved John a stroke on this hole (and many others, as well)

A very appropriate phrase for the day

They both eventually found the green

The next day we drove west of Bishop to check out some rock formations along Buttermilk Road.

Clouds hang on the mountains

We stopped to explore these rocks

Climbing up the rocks

View to the south

View to the north

Checking out the views

When we parked the Jeep to explore the rocks, we noticed a number of people carrying large mattresses on their backs.  We soon found that they were going to boulder and the mats were just a little “insurance” if they fell.

As we left the area we noticed the climber pictured below.  She seemed frozen on the rock so we stopped to watch.

“I can’t go any further!”

“You want me to jump on to what?”

“Don’t worry, I’ll catch you.”

Good catch!

Route 6 is a U.S. highway that begins (or ends) in Bishop and goes all the way across the country.  We headed east to visit Provincetown but changed our plans when we found how far away it was.

Instead of visiting Provincetown we turned east to check out another area of interesting boulders.

Life is too short to visit sad boulders

Let’s visit some happy boulders

Climbing the trail to the happy boulders

Beauty on the boulders!

A friend along the trail

A rock climber above his “mattress”

Close-up of a young climber approaching a high peak

As we took the picture below of the rocks and the horizon, a climber suddenly appeared out of the rocks.

The climber is at the center of the picture

The rock face he just scaled

It has been a bit rainy here in Bishop, but they desperately need the rain so we don’t complain.  Tomorrow’s our last day here and it is suppose to be sunny, so we may have one more hike in us before we move south.

More on that later . . .

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28 Responses to A Bit of Golf and Rock Scrambling

  1. Laurel says:

    Haha, are you going to use your backpack as your mattress, John? 🙂 We’ve seen lots of climbers with their mattresses in our travels throughout the southwest. Looks like a crazy sport to me! Your photos of the Buttermilk area are beautiful — especially the beauty on and framed by the boulder!

  2. paul weaver says:

    Aren’t young people amazing what they think to do for fun!

  3. anroworld says:

    Pictures are so nice!

  4. explorvistas says:

    I used to cross Route 6 in Ohio when I lived there, and I always wondered where it would take me if I followed it to its end. Now I know! 🙂

  5. heyduke50 says:

    wait P-town is a quirky little beach town but I guess it was a little out of your way…

  6. Love all the boulders! Having to haul a mattress around looks like a pain, guess I won’t be taking up that sport! 😉

    • placestheygo says:

      That’s only reason John and I aren’t taking up this sport:) Also, we would have to stick our backpacks inside to haul them up the mountain…a lot of weight:) We’ll leave it to the younger generation!

  7. We had great fun scrambling around all those boulders. Hope your weather cooperated for one more hike!

    • placestheygo says:

      Looks like a beautiful morning so far. We need to get out and finish early. There’s a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We are doing the Little Lakes hike. In order to do Treasure Lakes we would have to add an extra mile hike uphill to the trailhead. They are paving the road and the last mile is still closed. Our friends were up that way yesterday. I keep hearing your post on the Treasure Lakes hike in my head and I don’t want to add a mile uphill to start:)

  8. Ingrid says:

    You guys are having way too much fun. Thanks for taking us along 🙂

  9. pmbweaver says:

    Gorgeous! header.
    What a setting for a round of golf!
    I won’t be doing that activity any time soon! She looked sacred from here.
    HAHAHA…love the boulder names.
    How high was that nimble rock climber? He is a man of many talents.
    What a beautiful area you two are visiting. I just love the large boulders.

    • placestheygo says:

      The mountains surrounding the golf course were gorgeous! And the course was in great shape.

      Don’t worry, John wasn’t very far off the ground. I made the photo look like he was higher:)

  10. Gay says:

    I love the boulders…I can so relate to the girl frozen on the rocks. It has happened to me twice when we were hiking!

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    Love the rock climbing pictures and the accompanying narrative!

  12. allisonmohr says:

    We rode our mountain bikes out by the Chalk Cliffs, but we missed the Happy Boulders sign. I love the Route 6 sign. That might be fun to drive one day.

    • placestheygo says:

      We did drive out Route 6 a ways looking for the Happy Boulders. There are suppose to be three different petroglyph panels along the route, I learned in my research for the boulders. We didn’t get out to see them, however.

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    It’s a good thing we don’t golf or my blog would sound even MORE like we’re stalking you guys! Although those boulders look pretty fun….just the happy ones of course 🙂 Scaling those rock faces without gear looks crazy difficult, but John makes it look much easier! See you soon!!

    • placestheygo says:

      Haha! Yes, we do seem to be on the same path:)

      Actually, the boulders that are being climbed aren’t that large. Most of the time the climbers only get halfway and falling is only a few yards, not far. The one fellow in the blog on top is the only one we saw that ever got that far.

  14. Sherry says:

    Boy you sure put a smile on my face today from the Provincetown sign (too cold there to go now), to the gal who can’t get down, to sad boulders, happy boulders and you inside the rock. But what happens if the guy approaching the peak with no harness falls? Hope he can steer himself to the mattress. Makes my back hurt thinking about it. Gorgeous pictures of the clouds on the mountains. Thanks for it all.

    • placestheygo says:

      So glad we could make you smile, Sherry:) Thanks!

      The people who were climbing aren’t far off the ground. Other than the one guy on top, most only get a few feet up before climbing or falling to the ground. I am surprised, though, that they don’t wear helmets because I can see banging your head in a fall.

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