Bristlecone pine forest

Trip Start Jul 21, 2016
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Trip End Jul 15, 2017


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Ancient Bristlecone Forest California
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 25 - at 11,366 ft elevation. 

This blog post is out of order to our travels.  We are now on the west slope of sierra foothills in advance of the pending rain.  Actually the rain has arrived but we made camp and buttoned down the hatches while it was still dry and are now tucked in safe and sound at our norcal home of the Ananda Meditation Retreat.  More to come on that.

 We wanted to post a separate post about the day we spent in the White Mountains with Bristlecones because it is one of our favorite places on the planet.

 The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines.  Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood.

It is a 45 mile, 90 minute drive along asphalt windy roads from our campground to the visitor center at Schulman Grove at 10,100 ft elevation in the Bristlecone pine forest. And another 12 mile, 45 minute drive along very rough dirt/rock/gravel road to the Patriarch grove at 11,100 ft.  then hiking up to the overlook at 11,366 ft.  Wish I were breathless because the view is amazing as is the air.  The white of the dolomite mountains is whiter than down below.  The bluebirds are bluer. It is so still as we walk amongst the oldest living beings known on the planet, almost 5,000 years back to the dawn of our known civilization (but that is a story for another post someday).  What a story they could tell if they could talk.  Actually some do to scientists through their tree rings. 

We have been up here several times  in the past and it never grows old.  We had forgotten what a rugged drive this really is but the visual rewards are worth it.  To look out west onto the Eastern Sierra mountains clear down to almost Mt Whitney then up to Yosemite almost 200 miles total view then turn around and look into the northern part of Death Valley.  Amazing what is.

To see more photos go to my web album I posted. 
 
The photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy.
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