Today we relocated approximately 80 miles South on Route 395 to Lone Pine, CA. J.J. and I've been to Lone Pine many times in the past but never in summer. It is HOT here.
Parts of sides of the Route 395 were covered with ancient lava rocks.
Our lunch stop in Lone Pine
My grilled cheese sandwich
Portion as usual was too large.
After our light lunch at The Grill, we drove up to the Alabama Hills. Both of us agreed that the scenery improves by three folds when the rocky hills and the surrounding peaks are wearing winter white.
At the National Park Service Visitor Center, we picked up a brochure with a detailed map indicating points of interest in Death Valley National Park. We were cautioned to start early to avoid the day-time temperature of 117 degrees.
Our plan is to leave at sunrise or about 5:30 am to traverse Death Valley and enter into Nevada before 9:00 am.
Honu's home for the night is a lake view site at Diaz Lake Campground located just south of Lone Pine in the Owens Valley. The park is under Inyo County jurisdiction. Although campsites are primitive, the place is popular with families for boating, swimming and biking. We paid $14 for the night. Before dinner J.J. and I took a walk around the campground.
Aloha -- Cathi