Cross-Country Trip, Days One & Two:
From Oakland, CA to St. George, UT
So, the old lady and I are moving to North Carolina. En route,
we're taking a couple of weeks to drive across the country
and see all the insanity we can...
And so it begins!
From Bakersfield we took a scenic drive on Hwy 178 towards Lake
Isabella...the drive through the canyon to get there
was pretty awesome (the lake...not so much).
It made me think of the Scottish Highlands...rocky, grassy, very few
En route to our first night's lodging, a cow had gotten loose and was
in the road...I was too slow getting the camera out
so here it is trying to get back in the damn field.
This is the little cabin we stayed at in Independence, CA (Mt. Williamson Motel)
- run by a nice elderly couple, and they
fix you a tasty breakfast in the morning. Highly
The next morning I woke up early for whatever reason, so I went outside
and took a few photos of the sunrise...
We had a mountain range on either side of us.
The sun just starting to peek over the western hills that ran next to
Death Valley, and shine on the snow-covered
Sierras on the other side.
On our way towards Death Valley, we were given a tip to check out the
Alabama Hills, five minutes west of Lone Pine.
It was a great tip - this place was awesome. They have filmed
hundreds of movies here, mostly westerns, but for my
money the most noteworthy one is the modern classic "Tremors".
Rock foot. Just down the way from the rock lobster.
Chelsea practices her "spokesmodel" wave while I climb around on the
Looming over the Alabama Hills is Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in
the contiguous U.S. at 14,505 feet. And just
an hour drive from one of the lowest points in the world! Crazy
Some of the crazy formations in the hills...
On our way out, we were greeted by a rock ape! Very exciting for
A total creeper though, look at him lurking over my shoulder while we
take a portrait.
And if that wasn't bad enough, he tried to eat Chelsea. He went
from awesome rock ape to asshole rock ape pretty
The drive to Death Valley.
Death Valley - it's flat. This is 200+ feet below sea
The place was pretty other-worldly, like being on the surface of the
I think they call this desert holly, but I called them Death Valley
bonsai trees. Because I can, damn it.
I took a photo of a rock.
This spot is called the "Artist's Pallette". Really strange and
colorful (but not as colorful as it could have been had it not
Proof that we were there and that this I didn't just poach these photos
On our way out of the park, we stopped at Zabriskie Point...the
following snaps were taken from there.
We stopped for gas in a middle-of-nowhere town outside of the park and
saw this amazing sign...saw tons of great
signs like these on the trip, wish I could have photog'd them all.
We stopped in Pahrump, NV to get some ice cream at the "world's tallest
ice cream stand", but both of us weren't
believing the claim...it was maybe two stories tall if that.
After that, we hauled ass to St. George, UT, ate some Cracker Barrel,
and hit the hay.