It is clouds that give our Earth’s sky it’s personality & bring forth from we humans ooohs & awes at sunrise & sunset. There are a lot of ooohs & awes here in the great Southwest:))
Decided to head the Jeep up Whitney Portal road this morning & see how far up into the mountains we could get. It’s a steady climb upwards to Mount Whitney & when we saw our first Bear caution sign we knew we were into the tree line. A series of road signs soon told us the road ahead was closed due to snow so we pulled into a large parking area with a lot of cars in it. Found out from a rock climber there that a lot of the cars belonged to fellow rock climbers. These young folks loaded themselves down with heavy climbing gear & then hiked up the closed road for 3 miles before even beginning their rugged rock climbing adventures. There are some things that are totally inconceivable to me I had just heard about another one.
Noticed a dirt road dropping off the mountain in the direction of Lone Pine so we pointed the Jeep’s nose downward on Hogback Road & enjoyed the long winding run back down into the Alabama Hills. Turns out we linked right up with Movie Road & it wasn’t long & we were in familiar territory.
TURNS OUT THE TWO FOLKS IN THIS PICTURE WERE FROM ROCHESTER NY & THAT IS JUST ABOUT WHERE KELLY IS FROM IN SPENCERPORT
I was showing Kelly some of the movie locations along Movie Road when she noticed some rock climbers high up on a rock face. We Jeeped ourselves over to the base of the rock, ate our egg salad sandwiches & watched the climbers for awhile. For the life of me I don’t know why people do things like that.
We have been here in the Alabama Hills just west of Lone Pine California about 5 days now & from what we have seen we both agree that this is the greatest place we have traveled to so far. The rocky hills with their rugged beauty are criss crossed with miles & miles of back roads & endless Jeep trails. With the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west & the Inyo Mountains to the east we are in a large valley with Owens Lake visible to the South. The beauty of the Alabama Hills is beyond description.
With 2 of the highest rock climbers back safely on the ground we headed the final distance down to the Valley floor & the little town of Lone Pine. Stopped at the Visitor’s Center to fill some water jugs, grabbed a tank of gas & drove to the Northern end of town in search of a Cairn marking the spot where 27 residents of Lone Pine lay buried after a devastating earthquake destroyed much of the town on March 26th 1872. The Cairn stands atop the very fault line that fractured the town.
It was mid afternoon before we arrived back at the rig. The clouds were sitting right on the mountain tops with shafts of sunlight playing across the snowy peaks. Tomorrow we will head up a mountain road just south of us that we have read is very exciting….if you like heights:))
NIKON D40 AT 300mm
Had a few problems with Live Writer/Picasa regarding my photos in Saturday night’s blog so if anyone clicked on the post early & found the pics a bit fuzzy, the problem is fixed now. Also had a question about the movie photo pics I used to find the locations. If you stop at Lone Pine’s Chamber of Commerce or the BEVERLY & JIM ROGERS MUSEUM you can pick up a self guided booklet to the sites. Each site has a black & white photo in the booklet with directions how to get to the locations. I simply laid the booklet on the Jeep bumper or on a nearby rock & photographed the B&W photo plus the caption under it. Nothing is marked at any of these movie locations so you have to do a bit of detective work to find the exact spots & that is part of the fun. The booklet explains what rock formations to look for plus 5 of the locations are within short walking distance of each other:))
And, we just picked up another map showing some more movie & TV related locations near Movie Road so I will get myself on over there shortly to see what I can see. Of particular interest will be the Lone Ranger ambush site from the 1938 movie starring Lee Powell.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR AROUND HERE & I HEARD MY FIRST ROBIN THIS AFTERNOON. BIRD ON THE ROCK IS A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD
Before I forget, someone had inquired about the GPS coordinates for the grassy BLM location we had last week just north of Joshua Tree. They are: N34*10 13592 by W116*13.7468 (if I got it right)
THIS OAK TREE IS FROM SHERWOOD FOREST IN ENGLAND
Very early Sunday morning I actually saw ‘time fly.’ My day started at 1:55 a.m. according to the computer. Motormouse woke me up needing a snuggle so that was that & I was up for the day. At precisely 2 a.m. & in the blink of an eye I saw the computer clock jump forward to 3 a.m. as we switched to Daylight Saving Time. Because my body is still set on Ontario time this moving ahead is a bonus for me.
Felicia & Jeff over at HIGGINS POD have made some modifications to their newer travel trailer & are anxious to haul it out of winter storage & get it on the road for some early Spring camping. Russ over at TRAVELS IN THERAPY is having some indecision problems in thinking about future travel plans. Revisit all the old familiar places or forge on to new destinations. It’s a common problem for a lot of us hitch itch people for sure………
GROANER’S CORNER:)) As a blonde crawls out of her wrecked jeep, the local sheriff asks her what happened.
The blonde began, "It was the strangest thing! I looked up and saw a tree, so I swerved to the right. Then I saw another tree, so I swerved to left. Then there was another tree, and another and another ..."
The sheriff thought for a minute and then said, "I don’t know how to tell you this, but the only thing even resembling a tree on this road for thirty miles is your air freshener!!”
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