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 WalkAlabama 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 RoadMany 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.