Hwy 136 skirts the Inyo Mountain range east of Owens Dry Lake, heading to Death Valley. Only a large white rock with a bronze plaque marks the turn-off to Darwin.
During their visit a few days ago, the gang saw someone sitting in a glass "turret", not sure if it was a mannequin, or a live person. So our mission is to seek, find, and identify the subject in said turret.
|Sans mannequin, must have been a person - mission accomplished!|
|Not the most romantic setting for these two|
|Beautiful, and really big|
|Protection from southern marauders|
|One of many old tires. The only blue one we saw.|
|Has not left the building|
|None of the three public businesses remain open|
|We know it's an airport from the wind sock|
|Elaborate and long-lasting|
|Simple and soon to disappear|
|Here we rest in the land that we love|
|I think I would have liked Lizzie|
While we are in Darwin, the gang is out in search of more arches in the Alabama Hills. They all have distinct names to help find them. We figure we'll keep our eyes open for arches too, and are rewarded with some unique finds!
|Fender Arch (you really have to look for this one in the brush!)|
|Thin Blue Line Arch|
|Lava Bed Arch|
|We hiked around to see the back of this one|
Like so many other trips in this area, the return drive opens up amazing vistas.
|Returning to Hwy 395 the Sierras once again tower over the Alabama Hills|
|Eric, John, Pam, Laurel, Bill, Dave, Sue|
|Sunset behind the sierras|