We headed out the back way from the Alabama Hills and connected up with Whitney Portal Road to take it to the end at just over 8,300' elevation.
Living in San Diego, this not something we are used to seeing.
There was an off and on light rain turning to light snow on the drive up, but still some spectacular views from the road. This is looking out over the Owens Valley and Alabama Hills, with the Inyo Mountains in the background.
Looks like someone may have missed a turn. It also looked like a long way down.
We eventually got to the end of the road, and hung out and enjoyed the snow for a bit before heading back down towards town. No hike to Mt. Whitney Lake for us that day.
Lots of great views driving back down towards Lone Pine.
As we drove past the Alabama Hills on the way back down we stopped for a couple more pictures.
Our next stop was the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine.
This museum has some great exhibits, including a whole room dedicated to one of my favorite movies, Tremors. I even took a selfie with an actual prop used in the movie, a full-sized Graboid.
We finished off our first full day of sightseeing with a short trip out to see the Owens Lake Trails, part of the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program, a joint venture of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and the various other companies and agencies that control the lakebed. The LA DWP has set up a series of hiking trails out to newly restored wetlands. It was a wet, cold and very windy drive out onto a series of levees that extend out into the playa of Owens Dry Lake, which is not all that dry in some places now.
The shelters are cut from pieces of aqueduct pipe.
When we got back to the motel we found this parked in front of our room. It did not surprise us.
Continued in Part 3.
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- Frank B. Baiamonte
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