Rock Creek Lakes Resort
near Bishop, California
The upper crust
"We're going for pie in the sky," declare bicyclists as they set out on the 50-mile round-trip, 3,000-foot climb up the canyon from State 203, near Mammoth Lakes, to Rock Creek Lakes Resort. At the top, the reward for both athletes and mere mortals is a piece of one of Sue King's pies - especially her fruit ones: rhubarb, peach, boysenberry, pear with cheddar streusel, and Dutch apple.
King has been perfecting the art of pie baking since 1979, when she and her husband, Jim, bought the resort. Describing her kitchen as "a walk-in closet with plumbing," she warns that her production is limited: "Everything is from scratch. We only sell pies by the slice, and we sell out early most days."
Rock Creek Lakes Resort, 1 Rock Creek Rd. near Mammoth Lakes, CA.; (760) 935-4311.