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.
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.
posted by jayhorowitz