Eastern Sierra Birthday 1

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 lowered the car bed....just a few more adjustments needed.

I lowered the car bed….just a few more adjustments needed.

I watched the sun rise over Owens Valley and had coffee with a view of Mt Whitney.

Birthday coffee with Mt Whitney and....

Birthday coffee with Mt Whitney and….

These characters joined me for some cowboy coffee.

These characters joined me for some cowboy coffee.

Next I drove up a washboard dirt road for a hike up Tuttle Creek to the Ashram.

It's a long dusty road

It’s a long dusty road….Zippy LOVES to drive on dirt roads!

 

Can you find the stone Ashram?

Can you find the stone Ashram?

 

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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.

I cannot think of a better place for a birthday burger with a view of my beloved mountains!

I cannot think of a better place for a birthday burger with a view of my beloved mountains!

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.

I climbed up up up and then UP some more to the ridge.

I climbed up up up and then UP some more to the ridge.

I even got to do some postholing....bringing back fond memories of the JMT in 2011.

I even got to do some postholing….bringing back fond memories of the JMT in 2011.

I had a snack leaning against this tree.

I had a snack leaning against this tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

AND still SHE waits!

AND still SHE waits!

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…..

Who says you cannot find ice cream on the trail!

Who says you cannot find ice cream on the trail!

 

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!

 

One comment on “Eastern Sierra Birthday

  1. Reply Lisa Apr 15,2015 3:32 pm

    Loved those photos of the rock formations. And WOW!!! A GIANT ice cream cone on the trail!?!? How funny!

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