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Posts from the ‘Go West!’ Category

Parting Shots

It’s easy to see why people love it out west so much.   Next time, maybe we’ll do Salt Lake to Point Reyes.

21 Nov 2010

Yosemite II

20 Nov 2010


Yosemite National Park, land of wide, beautiful vistas.  Nuf said.

19 Nov 2010

Ghost Town

Bodie, CA.  In its heyday it was the second largest town in California.  Empty by the 1940’s, it’s been carefully preserved and the whole place is refreshingly free of t-shirt shops and vending machines.

13 Nov 2010

Alabama Hills and Mt Whitney

It was definitely worth it to visit Alabama Hills.  They filmed a lot of the old westerns here (and newer movies like Iron Man).  Nearby Lone Pine even holds an annual film festival for old-school aficionados.  Keep heading up the road and you’re on your way to the heavens.  Well, Mt Whitney at least: the highest point in the contiguous US.  We didn’t make the hike, but the drive to base camp took us high enough for a quick visit.  We went from 90° in Death Valley the day before to about 40° at the trailhead with ice and snow all around because of the 8,600 foot elevation gain.  It was a bit surreal.

10 Nov 2010

Mesquite Flat

Mesquite Flat in the middle of Death Valley.  Great dunes: tons of variety, wildlife, and gorgeous views.

8 Nov 2010