Mt. Whitney Motel
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... Roy Rodgers and Rawhide, plus the old epic film Gunga Din, and even newer films like Tremors, Ironman, Gladiator, and most recently, Django Unchained, have filmed here.
Anyway, tomorrow we'll be leaving our fantastic campsite of 15 days. Carrie has not "bumped me off" as of yet, but our trip isn't over yet, and we're heading to Death Valley next... so who knows...
Not yet in the obituaries,
... trees. No picture can really show how big those trees are. You just have to stand next to them, under them and feel it. My neck began to hurt from straining to see the tops as we hiked. Touching and smelling those trees was just amazing. Hiking through the redwoods and right out to the ocean is a feast for the senses I can't describe. A note here for those who know my passion for the Blue Ghost Fireflies (rare fireflies found only in ...
... to the centre (Furnace Creek) before making our way east on the 190 out to Lone Pine. There is no picture I can post that will do justice to the incredible scenery of this place, that appears nearly untouched and unimpacted by humans. It is vast and amazing mountains and valleys. It is hot and arid and there is a constant wind, that you only know about if you get out of the car as the vegetation is small and low and so suited to the conditions that it doesn't even move in ...
... to eat. So we carried on another half hour up the road to Lone Pine which thankfully had a lot more, several eateries, a supermarket and places to stay. We found a room at the Dow Villa Historic Hotel, where John Wayne reportedly stayed whenever he was filming nearby, and then wandered into town to grab a bite to eat.
A little bit of planning for tomorrow and then early to bed as we are both still tired from the flight!
... can of chicken salad....(hallelujah, my last) and running in place to generate heat while looking at tents, yet unzipped, quiet and still. It would be a long, cold morning waiting for the gang to be ready to hit the last 3 miles down. Even the running water in the stream had parts that were frozen.
Erik and Craig emerged and before I knew exactly what was happening they had a P90X mountain session going on. Men in Tights. Eventually ...