I was definitely ready to stretch my legs, when I arrived in quaint little Bridgeport, California, the seat of Mono County. The main street through town is wide, but worth a short walk.
I don’t think there’s a single chain motel in Bridgeport, but there are several old-fashioned mom-and-pop inns, all of which look to be in great condition. I had almost wished it was time to settle down for the night.
The Mono County Courthouse was built in 1880, and is still in use.
Ken’s Sporting Goods has a cool neon sign, that serves as a reminder of the importance of fishing in the area.
Next door to Ken’s, be sure to stop in at the Bridgeport General Store, for whatever supplies you ran out of, while driving through the mountains. It’s also your best bet for souvenirs in Bridgeport.
On the edge of town, I couldn’t resist stopping for one more picture of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.
South of Bridgeport, US 395 gets wider (at least, at times), and is easier to drive. You’ll also feel like you’re near the top of the mountains, as you pass by Twin Peaks and Matterhorn Peak, and a half-dozen others.