Adventure: Chasing Fall, Finding Inspiration, Club in Hand

There’s a famous Jack London quote that I heard Leslie Knope obsess over from Parks and Rec:

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

That’s pretty much what autumn is in Los Angeles. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it.  I took a spontaneous trip with my pup and brother-in-law, Patrick, to one of the best places, if not the best in the nation to see the leaves turn: the Eastern Sierra.

The 395 Highway

There are countless lakes, creeks, peaks and trails to trek in the Sierra, so based on the California Fall Color guide, I chose North Lake, Convict Lake and the humble town of Aspendell.

The pet friendly motel in Bishop was a godsend. The easy drive up the 395 highway was relaxing. Each small town along the highway was welcoming.

Pet-Friendly El Rancho Motel

But those were just consolation prizes.

The trees, the colors, the breeze of cool air: that’s my kind of fall. There were hawks in the sky and trout in the streams. Among the foliage, there were times I convince myself I was in Narnia. In the morning, I could see my stinky breath contrast the cold as I took my dog for a walk. This is what fall should look like, what fall should feel like: All refreshing, all inspiring.

So this year, I found fall and inspiration, and fortunately, I didn’t have to club it to death. There still may be some left if you hurry.


For more info on the Eastern Sierra:

Bishop Visitor Guide:

Fall Color In California:

What’s your favorite season of the year? Where do you enjoy enjoy fall at its peak?

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