So, now that hubby and I are BOTH happily retired, we had planned an eastern Sierra trip, one more than 4 days long. We actually were gone for 8 nights! And, we took our dog with us (her first EVER road trip!)
Last summer we traveled 6 nights over to Colorado and New Mexico, home through Overgaard. Unfortunately, while we were heading to Overgaard, a man down the street in the apartments called me to tell me that Ripley, our black lab, had gotten OUT of our front fenced yard. We had a 6' wooden fence, with a gate, in the front yard for over 20 years until one of our eucalyptus trees blew over this past spring and fell on it. We have it no more. But, Ripley had clawed her way out of the front gate. I asked him if he could stuff her back into the yard and put a trash can in front of the gate (which he did). Fortunately for us, he had also owned a black lab at one time. So, I spent a sleepless night in Overgaard and drove home the next morning at record-breaking speed! Then, this summer, on one of our overnight trips to Temecula to visit our son and his family, she once again destroyed a gate (on the other side of the house). She didn't get out, but she nearly did.
So, we decided (rightly) that we had to take her with us. Hubby looked at motels, Air B&B cabins, and found a motel in Bishop (the Vagabond) that was dog friendly. We stayed there our first night. Then, we spent 4 nights at a cabin in Mammoth. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7953449?guests=1&check_in=2016-10-10&check_out=2016-10-14 It was the downstairs of a 2 story cabin. Fortunately for us, nobody was in the upper cabin, or it would have been very noisy! There also was no fenced yard for Ripley, and there ARE bears in Mammoth, so I kept her on leash for 2 days (she won't pee or poop on leash unless she is desperate!). She finally was able to do her business off leash and I stood near her! I heard a great horned owl hooting our first night there and I heard a coyote howling a couple of nights later. That cabin was on the outskirts of town, near the end of Old Mammoth Road. The cabin was actually well stocked and comfortable, but the bed was SO HARD that even hubby couldn't sleep on it and he slept on the living room couch for 2 nights! I'm not sure we would book this cabin again...
Anyway, here are some pics from the day trip we took up in Bishop Canyon: