We are on the road again. We left Frazier Park yesterday and headed up Highway 395 along the back side (east side) of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This side is very different from the west side as the mountains rise sharply and it is very dry here.
We stopped in Big Pine and found a campsite in an Inyo County campground. We have no hookups so we had to run the generator and air conditioner to cool off. The temperatures are in the high 80's to low 90's so we are finally able to thaw out from our experience in Frazier Park.
Today we drove up to see the Bristlecone Pine forest near the 10,000 foot summit of the White Mountains. The road was very steep, narrow, twisty and not the best place for a truck like ours, but we made it. We were concerned that it would be too cold on top for the motorcycle because the road only opened two weeks ago, but it would have been no problem. There are only a few small patches of snow left.
The Bristlecone Pines were very interesting. The are the oldest living things on earth and only found in a few remote places in this area. The trees we saw on our short hike were about 4,000 years old. The hike to the area where the oldest trees, about 5,000 years old, was still covered with snow according to the sign. I suspect I would have a difficult time telling the difference.
We took some pictures so if you are interested you can follow the link to Bristle Cone Pine Forest.