July 5, 2008
Akiko and I hit the road for a weekend trip up Route 395 to Lone Pine, situated between Death Valley and Mt. Whitney.
First stop was the living ghost town of Randsburg.
Me in front of the STONECRUSHER.
Then on to Fossil Falls. A really cool area of Volcanic rock that at one point in history had a river running through it.
The very alien looking landscape at Fossil Falls.
We continued up to Lone Pine, checked into our hotel and then got back in the car.
Not far from where we were is the the Mt. Whitney Portal. This mountain is one of the highest peaks in the U.S. and the portal is the spot to find many trailheads leading up the mountain.
Not being prepared for a major hike and the fact that I was getting totally mugged by mosquitoes, we drove back down.
Just behind Lone Pine are rocky hills you've most likely have seen many times. Since the 20's, Alabama Hills has been a location used in movies, TV and commercials. Tons of westerns, movies including Bad Day at Black Rock, Gunga Din and more recently, Iron Man.
Tremors monster at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.
The Alabama Hills.
The final stop the next morning was Manzanar National Historic Site. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. We watched a very moving documentary about the site and checked out the impressive exhibits at the interpretive center.