Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Fantail Lake is a average sized lake for a back-country type of hike. It has a bunch of marshy areas and one area that looks like an island in the lake.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
One of the interesting areas that I have been at twice is the "ghost town" of Bennettville near Tioga Lake. It was an unsuccessful mining area that had big ideas, but was more trouble than it was worth. It is an easy hike in and out. The first few pictures are from Tioga Peak looking down into it so you can see it from different elevations:
Friday, November 10, 2006
As I was driving back down Whitney Portal Road I stopped off at the area that some call Bogart Curve. The reason it is called that is it is the area that Humphey Bogart drives around in the movie High Sierra at the end avoiding the police behind him. However, keep in mind from what I have seen in the movie that it was highly unlikely Bogart was actually driving the car during this scene. It was probably a stunt double running up the mountain at the end of the movie. The scene that Bogart is shown on a mountain was probably taken near Mt. Wilson in Los Angeles. Okay, so with that out of the way let me just show you where the final climatic scenes of the movie take place.
After that sharp corner the camera shows him going further up:
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
note: the above cords are for the Lone Pine Lake sign turnoff.
I spent around just under an hour at the lake taking pictures and drinking my water. I wanted to be back in Lone Pine at 4pm to watch a special independent movie so I started going down the trail. I took a shot looking down to show what the elevation was like. At this point the snow started coming down a little more and was collecting on the trail. I was trying to speed my way down the switchbacks. Some hikers held me up a bit since I could not pass them right away.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
More orange. This is about the best it got on the trail for that orange color. One thing I should point out is that the skies had started to turn really gray while I was doing this hike. It never affected me in anyway since my goal was just to get to Lone Pine Lake, but it did feel like it might start raining at any time. You could not see that far into the canyon.
This mini-bridge you see here is right before the lake. It only took me about one hour and ten minutes to get to the lake.
Monday, November 06, 2006
This was a spur of the moment decision when I was at Lone Pine. I could have sat in Lone Pine watching great movies my last afternoon there, but I can do that anytime at home. It is hard for me to sit still when that great scenery is out there to be seen and hiked to. I decided that I would go to the portal and check things out. I have plans with someone to get to the top of Mt. Whitney next summer. I decided to reacquaint myself with the area. I will start with the morning.
The following is a shot that is well known and seen many times in Alabama Hills. I shot a few at the arch, but I have read that you need to get there at the crack of dawn to get the best shots. You have less than a minute to get it at the right time. I was there about 30 minutes after the time, but I decided to get one of my own at this location. This is where the gps coords above are located at.
I went back into Lone Pine that morning and sat in at the panel that took place called "Villians and Men of Action". Actors Jan Merlin, Ed Faulkner, stuntmen Loren James, and Diamond Farnsworth were there. It was good, but I had hoped to see B-movie bad-guy Henry Silva there, but found out he could not be there. Otherwise, I may not have gone to Whitney Portal because I would have tried to meet him if possible. Since he was not there I was able to go there right after the event. The panel is below, but what is interesting is Mt. Whitney started to get cloud cover as the day went on.
I purchased some souvenirs and then took off on Whitney Portal Road. It was a lot easier for me to drive up there than I had remembered. I parked and ate at the Whitney Portal Store. I did not think I would care for the hamburger I had when I saw it, but it was really good and I recommend it. I then took a few pictures around the pond they have there.
I do have some pictures from movies that are in this area to compare. The thing that is different than Alabama Hills is that it is a lot more difficult to pinpoint certain areas over the many decades that have passed. There is some evidence though. In this Hopalong Cassidy movie, Three From Texas, these two rocks below look like the same ones from above. The trees next to the big rock might be the same, but it is a lot harder to tell since trees are not as "permanent" as rocks are. The angle might be a little off to in this picture. It does look like some many made things have changed the area a little too.
Here is a closer view of the waterfall area in that movie.
Friday, November 03, 2006
This area below is known as Gary Cooper Rock. The reason for that is in one of his movies he had a publicity photo where he is standing underneath the unique horizontal rock. However, I think the movie Hell Bent for Leather uses it a lot better. In the final climatic scene of the movie it takes place at this spot as can be seen below. You actually have to climb up to get to it. It is an easy walk, but once you get to the top rocks above there is a cliff so there really is nowhere to run as you can fall. Here is what you can see looking down from the above cliff. The area you see looking below is where the movie Yellow Sky took place. If you look very close you can see the arrastra in the lower middle in that picture. When I continue this series I will show some of the areas from the movie Yellow Sky (found here).