Exploring the Southern End of Highway 395 – CA

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Although this is my final installment covering our two weeks of outdoor fun along scenic Highway 395, it’s by no means our final visit.  Many beautiful sights remain to be seen, even after our second stay.  As I’ve mentioned before, the area is not only breathtaking but also provides access to several other natural wonders.  One of them is Death Valley National Park, and we decided to take a detour to it, one of our favorite places in the west! Continue reading

Things are still fine in Lone Pine, CA!

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It’s turkey day, but this lucky one got away!

Steve and I are thankful that all of you have continued to jam on down the road with us, and we wish you all the best and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re fans of old western movies as we are, a visit to Lone Pine, CA should be on your must-do list.


Well, one of Hollywood’s favorite western movie locations, the Alabama Hills, are right here.  It’s where hundreds of cowboy and war movies have been filmed since 1920.  The Museum of Western Film History should be the first stop to not only get your bearings, but also to learn about specific locations of the area’s appearances in Hollywood feature films.  After that, grabbing a self-guided tour book that describes famous movie locations will be the start of a unique day of exploration in the area.

We always get excited when we watch an old movie and recognize the places we’ve seen here, yelling, “been there!” together 🙂 Continue reading

The other Alabama…

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Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills in the shadow of Mt Whitney

In the shadow of Mt Whitney stands a group of rocky outcroppings with a southern-sounding name known as Alabama Hills.  It is located just west of Lone Pine off of scenic Highway 395.  The Alabama Hills got their name from Confederate sympathizers who prospected and mined the area during the Civil war.  They were honoring the CSS Alabama, a propeller-driven sloop-of-war that burned or captured 65 Union ships before being sunk by the USS Kearsarge in 1864. Continue reading

Discovering majestic Mt. Whitney – She’s a beauty!

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Lone Pine

Location of Lone Pine in Owens Valley

After having a wondeful time at Bishop, we packed up and drove into Lone Pine  – 60 miles south on scenic 395.  We spent a couple of nights at the Boulder Creek RV Park so we could catch up on a few things, ie. laundry  😦   We also wanted to prepare for what we hoped would be our longest stretch of boondocking (dry camping) yet.  Once we located the perfect patch of desert for Betsy, we moved her there and got set up with fantastic views of the nearby Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney. Continue reading