Thank you Jenny for that very kind note. Yes, as you found out, hospitality and friendliness do exist here in tourist friendly California. . . especially at rural locations in scenic Lone Pine and June Lake. Natives like me learn from tourists like you on what you appreciated during your tour.
It would be a great favor if you would write up a Trip Report of your trip here at TripAdvisor. The report needn't be long or anything, but your reflections and experiences would be very valuable for travelers who might take the same kind of trip as you have done. I'd recommend you using the California state forum, which is found here: tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28926-i29-Califor… You could title it "Highway 1, 178, and 395 Fall travels" in the subject/title line. . . up to you of course.
Thanks again for traveling and writing back to us.
Edited: 9:27 pm, October 23, 2011