April 10, 2015
For my birthday I headed up to Lone Pine for a weekend of car camping and day hiking. This post is word thin and image heavy! I left SB at 6:30 Thursday evening and arrived at Lone Pine Campground at 11:00pm.
I watched the sun rise over Owens Valley and had coffee with a view of Mt Whitney.
Next I drove up a washboard dirt road for a hike up Tuttle Creek to the Ashram.
The Ashram was built by Franklin & Sherifa Merrell-Wolfe in the 1930’s….both mystics and spiritual teachers.
The U.S. Forest Service evaluated the Ashram for historical significance in 1980, and concluded that the structure was indeed significant—the Ashram has been nominated for recognition in the National Register of Historic Places.
After my day hike I headed up to Bishop for some gear shopping, coffee drinking and burger eating.
On the way back to Lone Pine I stopped at the Hot Springs but found them only tepid and soaked my feet. I ended the day with my feet propped up on a granite slab in front of the fire. It was a perfect day!
April 11, 2015
Another bright sunny day. I took a nice hike up towards Lake Meysan.
After my hike I collected firewood and hoofed it on back to camp for a short rest and a late afternoon coffee. Then I headed over to the Alabama Hills just as the light was getting good!
I love all the different colors and textures and landscapes in this photo!
It was another great day!
April 12, 2015
Happy Birthday MOM! Another beautiful morning with a view of Mt Whitney, Lone Pine Peak, and Mt Langley. Today I headed up to the Kern Plateau via Kennedy Meadows. But first I had to stop and see my friend just outside of Pearsonville.
I drove up to Kennedy Meadows….my plan was to drive across Sherman Pass Road, stopping along the way for a few short hikes and driving home via Bakersfield. I had read that the road was open all the way to Lake Isabella. Sadly, and disappointedly it was not. BUT I did a lot of exploring until I reached a four way intersection where three of the four roads were gated shut. I retraced my steps back to Kennedy Meadows and did a quick 3 mile hike along the South Fork of the Kern. I even stopped and jumped in the water! It was refreshing. AND I found this…..
As I headed back to SB I felt OLDER and you guessed it wiser too!
Coming in May……North Rim of the Grand Canyon…..Happy trails until then!