OK! Just let our part of California (The High Sierra) re-join Nevada.
I love Inyo and Mono Counties. I worked in Independence on murder cases years ago when the defendants were found guilty and got the death sentence. Rose Bird (rip) reversed on appeal. Been to Death Valley many times and Scotty’s Mansion (not really his mansion, but another story there).
I only find one thing incorrect in your profile page. Mt. Whitney was not the tallest mountain in the West. Go north about ten miles and you will find White Mountain. Some bureaucratic idiots were shoveling dirt and rocks off of White Mountain to make Mt. Whitney the taller of the two. “Why?” you might ask. Who the heck knows.
Met a nice lady a little north of Independence (County Seat in Inyo). She was there for 80 or 90 years. She wouldn’t sell her water rights, along with about 20 other families, to LA in the early days of So.Cal. She still had a two-inch pipe with the most fabulous water in her home from a stream that came off a mountain. And it was all for free, except the usual maintenance of old pipes.
Do you know the story about the man who walked through Death Valley in the summer months and FROZE to death? Quite an interesting place.