Lone Pine, Death Valley and more

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Planned and took a road trip with a buddy from HK to around South East California, mainly to Lone Pine and Death Valley. Went by ear for other locations along the way...

On the way to Lone Pine, stopped by Red Rock Canyon State Park. Colorful cliffs and canyons made up of layers of sediments and volcanic deposits, which began to form about 18 millions years ago.

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Camel formation
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Cactus Wren
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Lone Pine - East of the Sierra Nevada mountain range runs 400 miles from north-to-south. Mount Whitney, the highest point in contiguous U.S. at 14,505'.

First hike up the Alabama Hills where a popular western filming location in the 20'
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view of Sierra Nevada
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pano view
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Mt. Whitney
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Mobius Arch
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then visited Manzanar National Historic site, one of the 10 camp sites where more than 110,000 Japanese American citizens and resident of men, women, and children were ordered to leave their homes and detained them in this remote military camp during WWII.
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Death Valley

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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near Artist's Pallete
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Artist's Pallete
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Golden Mountain
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pano view (my favorite shot of the trip)
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Zabriskie Point
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Dante's View at 5476', overlooking the valley, and Badwater Basin (on left,) the lowest point in Northern America at 282 below sea level
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China Ranch in Tecopa - In the 1890's, a Chinese man came to this canyon from the Borax Works in Death Valley to develop this ranch, raising livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables to help feed the local silver miners.

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The last two stops before heading home...

Kern, and Merced National Wildlife Refuges

Not much going on at Kern, spotted a couple Redtailed Hawks but couldn't get any shot...
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...but got a decent one at Merced
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...and a couple Snow Geese
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...no, a few
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...no, thousands
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...suddenly, they were taking off
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I panic! Didn't know what to do, keep shooting or watching!!!???
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Enjoyed the last moment
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By the time we got home, the car logged about 1400 miles.
 

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Wow, this was cool. A big variety of landscapes and wildlife to go with it. I definitely would like to see that. Thanks for the photos of Manzanar too. That is definitely a must-see for me too.
 

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Wow, this was cool. A big variety of landscapes and wildlife to go with it. I definitely would like to see that. Thanks for the photos of Manzanar too. That is definitely a must-see for me too.
Thanks so much! Manzanar is quite interesting history. There are exhibits inside the visitor center, and a short film is shown too. Drive in about 2 miles off-road to a reservoir... I'll let you see the rest :)
 

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Nice photographs though, and it really is a magnificent landscape. Even if you don't take a camera, Death Valley is just awesome to visit. I missed out on Red Rock Canyon but went North East into Southern Utah and there are awesome comparable sights and canyons there too.
 

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Nice photographs though, and it really is a magnificent landscape. Even if you don't take a camera, Death Valley is just awesome to visit. I missed out on Red Rock Canyon but went North East into Southern Utah and there are awesome comparable sights and canyons there too.
Thank you! Yes, Hong Kong. You're right, no photograph could substitute the feeling of witnessing the landscape. The most impressive for me was Dante's View. Standing on the edge of 5000+' was just amazing.
 

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If you visit Death Valley again, I recommend driving Titus Canyon. Spectacular views. Be aware it is a dirt road, and may be dicey. Although I have survived the drive in a Civic, I definitely preferred my other drives through Titus in a car with higher clearance.
 
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