Tuttle Creek and Mount Whitney

13 08 2010

Last night’s overnight spot was Tuttle Creek BLM campground, where we ::gasp:: paid for camping! The cost for a beautiful site at 7,000′ elevation right at the base of Mount Whitney was $2.50 per night, and about thirty feet behind our site flowed a freezing cold creek, fueled by melting ice at the mountain peaks.

Pasture In The Desert, Fed From Melting Mountain Snow

Pasture In The Desert, Fed From Melting Mountain Snow

At Tuttle Creek

At Tuttle Creek

The Mountains At Sunset

The Mountains At Sunset

The site was lovely, and the environment was different than we were used to – we had neighbors! They were very friendly, providing a lot of RVing tips and generally making good conversation. We’ve begun to use our awning religiously, as the sun beats down hard here. (It’s 101 degrees outside!) Last night’s Perseid meteor shower was wild to watch from the ultra-dark desert. By 2 AM I was seeing 5-7 meteors every minute, with one or two fireballs every few minutes.

We’re now in Bishop, a small town with places to stock up and rest for a couple of nights. Hopefully we’ll be doing some hiking and bouldering in the coming days.

Some more photos below.

In The Gorgeous Desert

In The Gorgeous Desert

The Fossil Falls Desert Water Pump!

The Fossil Falls Desert Water Pump!

We Missed A Turn And Climbed An 8000' Mountain, But The Views Were GREAT!

We Missed A Turn And Climbed An 8000' Mountain, But The Views Were GREAT!

More Views From The Mountain

More Views From The Mountain

Great Sunsets

Great Sunsets

To Use, Our Not To Use...

To Use, Our Not To Use...

Great Views On The Road

Great Views On The Road

Amy In Our Fire Pit (Can You Find Her?)

Amy In Our Fire Pit (Can You Find Her?)

We Hit 500 Miles!

We Hit 500 Miles!

posted by jayhorowitz

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