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May 23, 2018 - Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as the BLM Alabama Hills Recreation Area, are a protected habitat and for public enjoyment. The Alabama Hills were named for CSS Alabama. When news of the Confederate warship's exploits reached prospectors in California sympathetic to the American Civil War Confederates, they named many mining claims after the ship, and the name came to be applied to the entire range. When the Alabama was finally sunk off the coast of Normandy by the USS Kearsarge in 1864, prospectors...

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May 22, 2018 - Across Death Valley

/// May 22, 2018 A Travel Day: We departed Pahrump, NV by 8:30 A.M. and began our trek across Death Valley. Our route today would be across Death Valley via Hwy 190 and to Lone Pine, CA. A distance of approximately 180 miles. The road conditions today were all quite good. Traffic was very light and the weather was under mostly clear blue skies with the exception of a brief rain shower coming out over the pass from Death Valley. We made just a few stops in the National Park. The park is so large you are overwhelmed with scenery. We made the...

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May 17, 2018 - Museum of Western Film

Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West The Museum of Western Film history is dedicated to preserving the Heritage and History of the Iconic Cowboys, Men & Women, in American Western Film. The museum’s 10,500 square feet of exhibits and an eighty-five seat “State of the Art” movie theater offer visitors a unique visual experience, that documents and interprets the cultural heritage and deep historic roots of one of America’s indigenous and colorful personas as portrayed in Western cinematic film history through film programs, artifact...

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Oct 26, 2017 - where the real west became the reel west

The Alabama Hills were named by Confederate sympathizers mining in the hills outside Lone Pine. The Alabama had sunk over fifty Union ships in less than two years. I needed that explanation for the name. There is absolutely nothing in this area that reminds us of Alabama. The weird, picturesque rock formations of the Alabama Hills are granite eroded by water into rounded shapes. The majestic backdrop of the High Sierra mountains behind them is also eroded by water, but in the form of ice, which carves and cracks granite into jagged crags....

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Jul 15, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 6

Still birding this morning, first at the Plaza site, then to the Dirty Socks site. This Owens Lake wetlands is so extensive! We drove south on 395 to a volcanic area and noticed Joshua Trees starting to appear in the landscape. Lone Pine is a compact little town. The grocery store has been in operation since 1895 and it is right in the middle of town. The high school is also right downtown. The airport is just south of downtown and it is easy to drive up and watch what is going on there. We have noticed a lot of glider flights from...

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Jul 14, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 5

Back to the Plaza wetlands this morning. California gulls were enjoying the man-created islands. Trucks were busy bringing in more gravel this morning and tanker trucks were hauling hauling water. Los Angeles has been working on this project since 2001 and there is no end in sight. The landscape architect who designed the information kiosks and the viewing "furniture" was very clever and the design is outstanding. We drove the other side of the Alabama Hills this afternoon, along Tuttle Creek Rd and Horseshoe Meadow Rd. This is where the...

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Jul 13, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 4

The town of Independence was our destination today, just north of Lone Pine. We drove the Onion Valley road up the mountain until the road was closed. A rain storm the night before had washed a lot of rocks onto the road. Every one of these towns has at least one of these roads with lots of switchbacks that lead into the cool of the mountains. One area along this road had really nice little getaway cabins along what is now a roaring creek! The Eastern California Museum was a real find! It has been in existence since 1928 and is well...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 3

Alabama Hills was our destination first thing this morning as we went in search of arches. We found found a few, but there are many more! We watched a Clint Eastwood movie this afternoon while it was so hot - Joe Kidd. it was shot here in Alabama Hills and we recognized a lot of the scenes. We've also watched a Hopalong Cassidy western that was shot here - in fact, most of the Hopalong Cassidy westerns and TV shows were shot in the Alabama Hills. As we drove to the Alabama Hills this morning, we encountered many pairs of hikers along the...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 2

We went to the InterAgency Visitor Center this morning - good displays about Death Valley, the Sierras, and the Owens River Valley water wars. This area has a lot going on. The Alabama Hills are endlessly fascinating. This morning we took a self-guided tour of movies shot in the Alabama Hills. Then, after lunch at the Whitney Hotel, we went to the Museum of Western Movies and had a great time looking at all the memorabilia. Late this afternoon, we drove into the mountains up zigzag-y Horseshoe Meadow Rd. Horseshoe Meadow is a beautiful...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Lone Pine CA 1

Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills can be seen from the front window of our motorhome. Lone Pine is on the western side of Death Valley. We drove up Whitney Portal Rd this evening, all the way to the trailhead for those who climb Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States.

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Oct 24, 2016 - Lone Pine, CA

The Traveleers October campout was at Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine Ca. We arrived on Monday the 24th. Tuesday some relaxed and others went to the Movie Museum and Alabama Hills. This is where many westerns and other movies were filmed. The museum was great. It had a lot of displays and movie memorabilia of the old westers filed in and around the area. We headed back to camp to get ready for our CYO night. The park had a nice BBQ pit for us to use. It was a nice one. Greg Rodrigues did a great job keeping the fire just right. After...

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May 23, 2016 - Pahrump to the Alabama Hills

What a great day of diversity! We left Pahrump and traveled through Death Valley to the Alabama Hills. It's an area outside of Lone Pine on the way to Whitney Portal - where the Mt. Whitney trail head starts. Kirk has made the climb three times, it brought back many fond memories for him. On the way out of Death Valley we encountered some of the windiest, hairiest curvy roads and elevation changes we've experienced towing the 5th Wheel. It was nerve-wracking, but at the same time stunning. We just kept climbing out until Death Valley...

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