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Monday, June 25, 2012

Inyo County Series, Part 1 @ Alabama Hills, Lone Pine

Inyo County? Probably not too many Americans, even Californians, know about Inyo County, the eastern part of the Sierra. This part of California is less known and less visited. Maybe, it is because when people think of desert, the picture they have in mind is simply a barren land. But for those who have experienced Inyo, they know this is a haven for those who seek peacefulness and nature’s beauty. Inyo is geologists' natural Disneyland. It is the land of the extremes, the land of the contrasts. “Inyo” comes from an Indian word which means “resting place of the Great Spirit.”
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Indeed, everytime we come to Inyo, our spirits wonderfully rested in many of its natural wonders. Inspired by the surreal beauty of Inyo, I will be featuring a series of posts in this blog of the inspiring places that we had explored in Inyo County. Let me start with Lone Pine and Alabama Hills.
Though the small town of Lone Pine is more popularly known as the western entry point of Death Valley National Park, but in this small little town rests another wonder, Alabama Hills. 
Yeah, we just can't stop from taking pictures of ourselves with this Lathe Arch at Arch Walk
Alabama Hills is the popular location for shooting science fiction and western movies, or when they needed a place that will look like India, or the Himalayas. Or when they needed location for the high Sierra, after all, it is facing the highest peak of the Sierra, Mt. Whitney.
Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal Road
Many of John Wayne's movies were shot at Alabama Hills. Also shot here were the movies "How the West was Won" and "Maverick" with Mel Gibson. In “Gladiator”, Russell Crowe rides his horse across the Movie Flats with Mount Whitney in the background. Here is our own version of John Wayne probably?

Hubby Playing John Wayne at Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills

The natural arch rock frames Mt. Whitney in the background. I may have not done justice to this movie re-enactment scenery, but we had too much fun!

How to get to Lone Pine: Lone Pine is on Hwy 395, situated on Owens Valley. It is approximately 3.5 hours from Los Angeles.
How to get to these arches: please click Archwalk at Alabama Hills.
To Learn more about the geological and film history of Alabama Hills, please click here.
To go to part 2, Manzanar National Historical Site, please click here- Manzanar is just 13 miles North East of Line Pine.


11 comments:

  1. That's what I thought when I first saw the photos... just like in the movies. Every picture says a story. Wonderful stories.

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  2. oh am gee! catching my breath here Betchai! it's your signature awesome nature post!

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  3. weeeeee! you look fab Beth! saw your latest pic in fb. now, you are my thinspiration. :)

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    1. haha, thanks Che, but the picture above can't be me since it is signed by me, I took the picture. my cousin is really lean and thin because of all her outdoor activities, hard core hiker + full marathons. haha.

      i wish i am thin Che, gained weight since after our hike at Grand Canyon :( But I need to go back losing weight before philippine vacation so that tatay will not worry about me not taking care of my healthy, he is super "lean" conscious.

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    2. The first time I looked at it, I thought hmmm.. I don't recognize the posing, that is not one of your signature posings, but ignored it cause I never thought it could be someone else hehehe so it wasn't you !

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  4. I see John Wayne without a gun...

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  5. A wonderful photo, the color and the vastness of the country, a dream...

    Best wishes from Germany and have a nice day
    CL

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    1. Thank you for visiting Cloudy, have a nice day too !

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  6. Amazing, NO ! haven't heard of Inyo County and thinking it is less than 4 hours away from our place ! I just got this place in my next travel plan. I can tell you guys had fun taking photos ! I like your photo on top of that arch and Khai posing like John Wayne !

    Aligaga

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  7. Great post and I love the fun shot of John Wayne!

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  8. Love your photos and stories. Makes me wish I could see all of this. Keep posting, I really enjoy you posting.

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