While I Was Away – Back Country Edition

Stevetn.jpgGood Lord!! I recently returned to San Diego after my annual backpacking trip to the High Sierra’s and I see that Kris has gone Blog-Crazy. I may have to consider enrolling her in BA (Blogger’s Anonymous) before this gets out of control (too late??).

But there is nothing like a trip to the Yosemite back-country for a few days to clear my head of real estate. Of course, the beauty of this and other areas in the Sierra’s has not escaped the interest of real estate developers in the past. As I was heading over Donahue Pass I thought about the old Disney proposal to establish a ski resort in what is now Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. If anyone has been to the remote trailhead of Mineral King, a pristine and gorgeous high valley surrounded by even higher 12,000 foot peaks, they have seen why Disney was so interested. Fortunately, sanity prevailed and it is preserved forever in its’ natural state. Driving back along Highway 395 paralleling the east side of the Sierra’s is a different story. I’ve made this trip many times over the past 25 years and the small towns such as Lone Pine (Gateway to Mt. Whitney) , Big Pine, Independence and Bishop were, at one time in decline. Now, particularly in Lone Pine and Bishop, there appears to be somewhat of a commercial real estate renaissance. The hunters, fisherman, and, yes, even us lowly backpackers have seemed to have spawned a decent amount of commerce in these towns. Outfitters have sprouted up and restaurants have followed. Rehab of the main streets (one in each town) is ongoing and looking good. I checked Realtor.Com and in Bishop, the least expensive home is listed for $260,000 (2BR/2BA, 1,300 sq.ft.). Prices quickly climb to well over $1 million. So, it appears, at least in the case of Bishop, to have been re-discovered.

Anyway, it’s always great to be home after a great hiking trip in the wilderness where I can clear my head of real estate for a few days. Plus, I have got to get Kris’ picture off of this Blog for at least a few hours. You can thank me later…   

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