Photographer's Note

Enroute to the TE Meeting in Lee Vining the Trekkies stopped at a favored watering hole to fill the Sasquatch camper tank with what is rumored to be some great "cool, clear water" from the well at the Visitor Center. Alas the spigot was broken!

This exposure from the Lone Pine Visitor Center at the juncture of Highways 395 & 136 shows the dramatic Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which rise from the 4,500 foot floor of the Owens Valley to the peak of Mt. Whitney at 14,494 feet. This dramatic rise in elevation provides great vistas of snow capped peaks most of the year. The drive from South to north along the valley floor is usually free of ice & snow until one climbs the Sherwin Grade just north of Bishop. I frequently tell People who complain of life in Southern California, saying they miss the four seasons, to take a drive up here and they can frequently see 3 seasons in one day!

Many fit hikers climb Whitney every year, as it does not require a high level of skill or sophisticated equipment.

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Additional Photos by Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 12 N: 383] (930)
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