After 4 days without a flight I was anxious to get up again. I left Lake Tahoe CA and headed for the promised land, Vegas. Weather predicted 20 mph gusts and I noticed nothing until over a valley when the whole Beaver started dancing in the air. Everything checked out so I gained some altitude and swung to the south and flew out of it. I was past the valley where bishop is located but decided to circle back and enter the valley from the friendly end and put down. This leaves me about half way to Las Vegas and a tour of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and eventually the Grand Canyon. I'm just north of Kings Canyon Nat'l Park and will pass over Death Valley next time out.