GIGI DE JONG

EXPLORE. WRITE. REPEAT.

BISHOP

Bishop's Big Backyard is a year-round playground for easy exploration and high-energy adventure.
These are some of my favorite stories.

In late 2015 I was commissioned by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau to produce content for the newly established Bishop Tourism Improvement District. I am part of a team of Bishop residents and Eastern Sierra locals who know and love this region and work to protect and promote it to conscientious travelers.

I have written numerous blog posts and created extensively researched landing pages, all of which have been leveraged in social media, in newsletters, and widely used throughout our new visitor guide. During the height of the pandemic from mid-2020 to mid-2021, I was furloughed and only a skeleton team was retained to manage our social media engagement and encourage potential visitors to shelter-in-place. The team maintained an active presence on social media promoting safety and keeping the allure of our big backyard alive.

I am very proud to be part of this team. Most of all, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to experience and explore this amazing place I call home and to share it with people around the globe.

The articles posted here are as published on BishopVisitor.com with links to the original publication. In some instances, especially for the longer and more complex landing pages, I have used an excerpt and encourage readers to follow the link and check out the whole page in situ.

As I have written on my image gallery page, I do not consider myself a professional photographer, however I have also produced a fairly large portfolio of images. During the course of my research and writing I realized that I need to illustrate my stories and my style is simply to capture the sights as I see them and the feelings that they provoke in me. Unless otherwise attributed, and for which usage has been granted by the photographer, images on this website are my own work. All images are subject to copyright.

Bishop Big Loop Auto Tour

Our beautiful big backyard has so much to offer that we want to share a suggested itinerary for an auto tour in Bishop's Big Backyard! If that’s something you’ve never . . .

The Weird and Wonderful Side of California

Road Trip US Highway 395 to Bishop – the small town with the big backyard. Oddities of nature and the stuff of human ingenuity and absurdity exist here in the . . .

Waterfalls of the Eastern Sierra

We love waterfalls and we think you might too. So, we’re delighted you’ve found our page all about waterfalls in the Eastern Sierra. The sound and scene of flowing water, . . .

4 Fabulous Photography Features

Photography is a passion for many in the Eastern Sierra. For those who live here or visit regularly photography is often a daily activity. Sometimes it’s just a momentary opportunity . . .

5 Free Winter Activities in Bishop

Bishop, a 40-minute drive south of Mammoth Lakes and 4,000 feet lower in elevation, is truly the heart of the Eastern Sierra. The town has charm and grace, the community . . .

Falling in Love with Fall

I never really understood or appreciated fall until I moved to Bishop. I was raised in a temperate climate that is mostly summer all year. There’s a hint of autumn . . .

Buttermilk Country Bishop

Buttermilk Road no longer carries dairy trucks from “Old Joe” Inman’s Dairy along its rough and rocky track that, according to local legend, could bounce and churn fresh milk into . . .