|All about the mountains|
|Lovely and level|
|Boulders yes, creek no|
I sleep in until almost 9 AM on Thursday, and a couple hours later suggest we try the local (and highly recommended by Pam) cafe for brunch.
Just as wonderful as described - both the food and the people. Guy in cowboy hat and boots sits at the counter finishing his breakfast. Pays for his meal and chats with the waitresses for a bit. They go back to the kitchen and a couple and their toddler enter the cafe. The cowboy greets them, brings them a couple menus, points out the specials, and leaves. A while later he returns with some aluminum pans for the kitchen, says good-bye to the youngster again (who lights up and waves), and is gone once more. Gotta love small towns.
|Whetting your appetite for the rocks just up the road|
|The dentist wagon from D'Jango Unchained greets you at the entrance (the "d" is silent)|
|Mom spent one summer in acting class with Tom Mix|
|More personal trivia - one of my first bosses was Tex's daughter|
But what I find most interesting is the number of non-westerns that used the area for live sets. The older Gunga Din is probably the most well known, but Tremors, Star Trek, Iron Man, Bad Day at Black Rock, Samson and Dalila, and dozens more were all made here as well.
|A huge temple was built and then removed|
|The Tremors exhibit was one of my favorites|
|Tony Stark demos his new weapon under Mt Whitney|
|I don't remember Dale in shorts, but she would have looked great!|
|Small frame around a corner|
|Location of Gunga Din huge camp scene - #1 on the map|
It is a fun way to start exploring this beautiful and unique area. The brown, round boulders are such a contrast to the blue, sheer points of the Sierras to the west. Mt Whitney keeps watch over all us tiny mortals playing in the rocks.
|Lookin cool in shades|
|Whale sticks his tongue out|
|Artist as art|
|Sierras, majestic and powerful|
|Off Whitney Portal Rd|