A wonderful little place, and the site of a Humphrey Bogart movie (can't remeber the name though). We spent half a day there one time, most of it in their little museum, looking at all of the pictures of the olden days and also seeing the artifacts. The motel we stayed at was a Best Western and there was nothing quaint about it.
Remeber that I said we'd gotten every form of advice? Well, you're not the first one to suggest a stay in the ffothills. We tried that in Bishop and the only difference was that Colleen's sickness wasn't as intense. The funny thing, though is that when we go up to the local mountains, such as Palomar at 6000 feet, she3 has no reaction. We're beginning to think that it also has something to the long drive plus a bit of a psychological effect, you know, one bitten twice shy?
I really love driving up old 395 with the Sierras on the left and the dessert on the right, passing through all of those little towns like Independence, Big Pine, Lone Pine, Olancha, and the like. It's hard to believe people actually live there.
Now I'm really getting the "want-to's"!