The sun had not yet risen over the Inyo Mountains behind me when I took most of these images of the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, looking west across the Alabama Hills.
After breakfast we drove east about 45 miles to a scenic overlook in Death Valley that is labeled either Painted Canyon or the Father Crowley Scenic Overlook on the National Park Service maps. Military aviation photographers and enthusiasts will know it better as Star Wars Canyon or the Jedi Transition.
We hung out at Star Wars Canyon for several hours, but only saw two planes transiting the canyon. The first was a B-1B bomber, who stayed above the rim of the canyon, but went right over our heads before heading out across the Panamint Valley.
Next up was an F-35, who ventured well down into the canyon below us before kicking in the afterburner and blasting out across the Panamint Valley.
Our Nissan Xterra, looking out over the Panamint Valley.
Click here to see more images from Day 2 of our Lone Pine Road Trip in May of 2019.
Click here to see more images from Star Wars Canyon.
Note: For some reason lately the images on this blog have looked somewhat soft and mushy, which I think has something to do with the blog software. They look a lot better in full screen view at the gallery website linked above.