CAMPED IN THE ALABAMA HILLS WEST OF LONE PINE CALIFORNIA
Our little ‘grassland’ boon docking spot about 3 miles northeast of Joshua Tree’s west gate has served us well. Despite our misgivings at first about being way out there in the middle of a big yellow grassy field this has turned out to be a great spot for our Joshua Tree explorations. This boon docking spot has a clear 360 degree view all around us so don’t have to worry about any Hippopotamus’s sneaking up on us. Google map below shows location of our boon docking site. I have many more photos of Joshua Tree National Park & am hoping to put together a photo album before too long about Joshua Tree.
YELLOW MARKER PIN POINTS OUR BOONDOCKING SPOT NEAR JOSHUA TREE
OUR BOON DOCKING SITE IN THE ‘GRASSLANDS’ JUST A FEW MILES FROM THE WEST GATE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Beautiful warm sunny morning as we hitched up the Jeep & had the big wheels rolling by 9 a.m. Thought maybe we would head up Barstow way. Weather was good & we didn’t have any high winds trying to rip the rig’s paint off so we put the hammer down, picked up highway 395 & headed north for the Alabama Hills & ……LONE PINE:))
Going to include mostly Joshua Tree photos for tonight & then tomorrow I will shoot up some Lone Pine stuff…..:))
SPOTTED A LARGE TRYSAUCEROCLOPS SWIMMING IN THE BARKER DAM WATERS
We were sure glad to clear the 8 lane traffic congested & traffic light infested area around Apple Valley & Victorville but we did manage a McDonald’s brussel sprouts stop & groceries at Albertsons in Apple Valley before getting out of town.
MOUNT JACINTO AS SEEN FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
The drive between Joshua Tree & the town of Ridgecrest is a real sleeper. Not much to see except endless miles of creosote bushes & scrub desert. If you ever have to make this drive just throw the rig on Auto Pilot, go grab yourself a snooze & set the alarm clock to wake you up when the rig get’s to Ridgecrest because this is where the scenery begins to dramatically pick up.
SO NICE TO SEE SOME BIG TREES AGAIN ON THE WAY TO LONE PINE
Highway 395 running north of Ridgecrest enters into the Owens Valley flanked by the Inyo Mountains on the right & the beautiful snow capped peaks of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountain Range on the left. The Sierra Nevada’s will lead you right to the old western movie town of Lone Pine.
DON’T ASK….I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS!!
But, let me back up a bit. Kelly & I had never heard about the town of Lone Pine until a couple years ago. Unknowingly as a kid, I had probably seen the area around Lone Pine many, many, times. It was here in Lone Pine that a lot of good old dusty western movie were made. More about that later. We were put onto Lone Pine by another RV couple we met for the first time in the Bisbee Breakfast Club. Another RV couple most of you know. Laurie & Odel from SEMI-TRUE TALES OF OUR LIFE ON THE ROAD. Like me, Odel is a fan of the old wild west Cowboy days & they said if we ever get a chance to head for Lone Pine to just do it. Well, today we just did it:))
HEADING THROUGH THE ALABAMA HILLS
I will tell you more about the town & area over the next few days as we get out & about to see what we can see. But, boy did we get a WOW eyeful as we approached the town of Lone Pine. The majestic Sierra Nevada mountain peaks were covered with snow & with the late afternoon sun beginning to cast long dark shadows into the snowy slopes it gave the rugged mountain peaks a magical cloak all their own. It was hard to keep my eyes on the road & off the mountains.
We rolled into the old western looking town of Lone Pine about 3:15 & made a left turn onto a road called Whitney Portal which led us directly up into & through the Alabama Hills. Bit of a climb but our Chevy Workhorse engine handled it fine. We were headed directly for Mount Whitney which at 14,494 feet is the highest point in the whole Continental United States. A left turn onto movie famous Horseshoe Meadows led us a short distance to a right turn & our final destination about a mile in. We had found the Turtle Creek BLM campground. And WOW, what a great campground it was. This will go down as one of the all time best boon docking sites we have ever had.
AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS WE FINALLY FOUND A NICE SITE
About 70 sites altogether & not many people here. Now, how great is that:)) Unhooked the Jeep & went looking for a level site. Took us 3 tries but we finally found one of the highest sites in the campground. Nobody even remotely close to us & we are camped right under Mount Whitney itself. Nice:))
THAT’S MOUNT WHITNEY ON THE LEFT
Satellite TV dish is set up, Verizon signal is fast, great cell phone coverage, doggy guys are all asleep, Kelly’s on the other computer & all is well with the Bayfield Bunch for another day:))
GROANER’S CORNER:)) Tornado warning issued for Dallas. Residents are advised to go to the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium for shelter, as the possibility for a touchdown there is highly unlikely.
EMAIL THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:))
BISBEE PHOTO ALBUM
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.