U.S. 395 AND MAMMOTH LAKES  “SPOILS OF THE WEST COAST”

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06/25/17
“JUST GO”

SUMMER IS HERE AND THE ALPINES ARE CALLING.

U.S. HWY 395 is one of those spoils we get from living on the West Coast. 2017-05-28-Mt Whitney-4For many

Californian’s the

Alpine

Mountains are a

backyard

Playground, and with

places

like The Mt. Whitney

Portal

and Alabama Hills

Rec.area in Lone Pine, Ca., a place where John Wayne and the likes made countless

numbers of classical westerns like; Hopalong Cassidy, The Gene Autry Show,

The Lone Ranger, Bonanza, even a portion of Gladiator starring

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Russell Crowe.

Stop off  for a tour of

one of the Film 

 museums in the

 town of Lone Pine

if you have time,

they are filled with American nostalgia. There’s also a plethora of other places to

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visit along the beaten

path like: Big Pine

Creek, Convict Lake,

Black Dome,

Manzanar State Park

– (a WWII Japanese

internment camp),

and a real surviving

ghosttown – Bodie, Ca. As always, the magnificent 14,000 ft. Alpine views are

humbling to put it mildly.

This backcountry highway offers so much in a single day it’s hard to take everything in. Just above Lancaster still on HWY 14 not long before reaching the HWY 395 turn off is a State Park named Red Rocks Canyon State Park. The park is situated in a canyon of sandstone and desert shrubs one might wonder what is this place with its foreign topography. This canyon can reach swelteringly high temperatures so do take lots of water and
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protection from the harsh desert elements when you go. Even though the campground is not too far from the highway.
The mornings can be quite peaceful here watching the daylight break on the odd sand stone formations. I find that these still moments out here allow for me to focus, to reflect, to sort out, and to process all the daily schlepping’s of this waking life.

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