On October 8, we left Minden, NV. and traveled down Highway 395 in California. This is such a scenic road. And the fall colors were very brilliant.
We had planned to stay at Lone Pine but when we got to town the roads were blocked off and there was a parade going down the Highway. We had to detour a few blocks and, since the town was packed, we decided to drive on to Ridgecrest. It was my job to make sure the Film festival was not going on and I failed to check. So this was one of the busiest weekends in Lone Pine. We traveled another hour and a half to the Ridgecrest Elks.
Dean knew that I was very disappointed that we did not stay in Lone Pine so he suggested that we drive back to Lone Pine for the next day from Ridgecrest. He is such a thoughtful guy! The next morning we drove back and had a delightful day.
The first place we visited was the film history museum. Lone Pine is noted for being the location of a lot of westerns and even some modern day films.
The museum had displays from all the famous western actors and their movies.
|Dean with Gene Autry.|
|Saddles, stagecoachs, old cars are arranged in the middle of the museum.|
|Here is a display of all the TV westerns filmed in the area.|
After going through the museum we joined a tour of Audie Murphy film locations, lead by two Aussies, in the Alabama Hills. This is where we wanted to boondock - next time.
The Alabama Hills are very picturesque with large bolders and rock formations and the Sierras in the back ground.
|Dean is holding up a picture of a famous scene in one of Audie Murphy's movies. The area looked like a bowling lane with a ball (rock) and 3 pins.|
One of the tour guides is holding up a picture of a scene from the Great Race, with Natalie Wood sitting on this exact rock holding an umbrella as Tony Curtis drives by. I'm not quite Natalie but it was nice to pretend.
|Dean and I with Mt. Whitney in the background. Mt. Whitney is not the one on the left . That is Lone Pine Mt. Whitney is located over Dean's head.|
On Oct. 9, I walked to the Petroglyph Park located in Ridgecrest. The area is known for the many petroglyphs in the area. There is one tour you have to book months in advance (next time). But this little park is in the center of town and is very informative. On display were petroglyphs and pictographs from various parts of our country and other parts of the world.
About a block from the park is the Maturango museum. This is a small museum about the area. It is interesting and the workers are very informative.
The next day we left for Primm, NV, which is just inside the line from California on Highway 15. We parked at the Buffalo Bill casino. My brother and sister-in-law, Kelly and Mary, drove down from Las Vegas to join us for lunch. We went into the casino and it was so empty of people. Very quiet and very strange.
After Kelly and Mary left, Dean and I walked to the other casino in the area - Whiskey Pete's. It was a little more lively and they had a display of the death car of Bonnie and Clyde.
We decided, since the winds were suppose to be bad in a few days, that we should drive home the next day. On October 12 we returned home to Prescott. We were gone almost 2 months. Now it is good to be home! But we will be looking forward to our next adventure.