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The Eastern California Museum

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This place is worth a stop, if you wanna stay away from the crowds at Bishop CA. Along Hwy 395 the majestic Eastern Sierras run their length, steep granite ridge lines, awesome views & diverse landscapes. The Eastern California Museum here in Independence is excellent & has plenty sites to see for that luxurious, extra long stretch break (from driving too much). Get out & move a little, for more than 5 minutes. How about a picnic & yoga on the lawn next to the creek!

independence, California

elevation: 3925'
population: 1,000
zip code: 93526


valley with few trees & great access to mountains

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Inyo County
S of Bishop
on Hwy 395

Owens Valley: Dispersed high desert ranches & small town homes, with creek to valley floor at the base of the majestic Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is one of those blink & you're already thru it kinda towns on Hwy 395. Sagebrush high desert, minimal greenery & granite alpine bliss all within a few miles of each other. Take the drive way up to Onion Valley for a picnic - or a full day hike, to the teal bluest lakes that only dreams are made of.

Rock Hounding South Along Hwy. 395 near Independence - East on Colosuim Rd. 3 miles - follow power lines 5 miles, South 2 miles to Crystal Ridge, continue into Inyo Mountains. Minerals found - Clear and Smokey Quartz, Amethyst with red tint, Hematite, Snail Fossils.

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