Back In The Saddle Again

Good Morning!  Or at least I think it’s morning.  We were on the road all day Wednesday traveling from Lone Pine, California back to Silver City.  We left Lone Pine at 7:00am and got to our house in Silver at just about midnight. Looong Day!  Especially for Ralph since he did all the driving.  He’s still sleeping and he needs it.  We’ll probably just rest up today.

I promise I will get some pictures up soon both here and on Facebook.  That’s my project for later today. 

Most people, even people in California do not seem to know anything about Lone Pine.  We only found out about it about 8 years ago.  We were at one of Ralph’s Army reunions and we were heading to New Mexico when it was over.  We asked one of the guys who lives in California what he thought would be the best route for us to take.  His first comment was, “You can’t miss Lone Pine!”

Boy are we glad we listened to him.  Lone Pine has a wonderful history.  It is first of all the home of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States.  It was only surpassed by Denali after Alaska joined the Union.  It is gorgeous, but then on the route we took, Scenic Route 395 there are so many beautiful mountains.

The other reason to visit Lone Pine is Cowboys and Indians (both kinds of Indians)  Over 500 movies and hundreds of television shows were filmed in and around Lone Pine, The Alabama Hills and Mt.Whitney.  Films from High Sierra to Gunga Din.  TV shows from Hopalong Cassidy to the Lone Ranger.  Plus many TV commercials as well.

When you go into town, nearly every shop and restaurant has signed photos from all of the Western stars who visited there over the years during the productions.  It’s just amazing.  We met a wonderful lady working in one of the shops who grew up there and she told me stories of meeting the stars when she was a little girl.  It’s a fascinating place.  But it seems no one has heard of it.

Since our last visit a film museum has been built.  We toured it for several hours and we could have spent all day.  It was so fascinating.  Again, pictures are coming!

We had such a wonderful trip to California, a vacation within a vacation.  Great to go to the wedding, INCREDIBLE to see  my cousins and now back to my Happy Place for a little while longer before our trip back to New Jersey.  I realize I’ve been a little remiss with posting the last few days and I KNOW I’ve been bad about commenting, but things will get back to normal.  Thanks to all of you who have hung in with me during this trip.

I’ll leave you with one picture.  A view of Mt. Whitney from the Alabama Hills.

 The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but believe me, it’s pretty spectacular.

Happy Thursday!  Back in the Saddle Again!

6 responses to “Back In The Saddle Again

  1. It looks spectacular to me! I would love to see Lone Pine after your description. I’ve never been to that part of NM. Can’t wait to see more pictures. Have a great day Fran!

  2. beautiful photo, fran!
    and i love that you had a vacation within a vacation – that is so so fun!
    enjoy the rest of your day!

  3. That is a gorgeous photo. Lone Pine sounds really interesting (I’d also never heard of it!)

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