Alabama Hills, Fossil Dry Falls, and a 100-Mile Stretch With No Services

December 5 – December 10, 2017

In my previous post, I showed pictures of the moon setting at sunrise, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA.

Here are a couple more images I took before I left on the morning of December 5.

From Lone Pine I headed south on 395, and not one to travel great distances most times, I decided to stop at Fossil Falls for a night.

In the images below I got permission from this young couple to share the shots I took of them. I did this to show you the size of the potholes in the eroded lava.

Fossil Falls isn’t a huge area, but it’s still fun to visit and explore, however, don’t expect to find fossils or a waterfall here. What you will find is the fossil of a waterfall that once was. The lava was primarily carved by water from the Owens River, which once flowed from an ancient lake that polished the lava, and formed these intricate patterns, with mini arches, chutes, potholes, and drop-offs. It’s truly fascinating to explore.

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When I stayed here a couple of years ago the campground was free, this time I noticed the BLM had added a self-pay booth with a $6.00 a night fee.

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On the night of the 6th I stayed in some awful spot just north of Victorville, and on the 7th I picked up Hwy 247 to Hwy 62 and headed east towards Joshua Tree.

For some reason, I decided against heading through Joshua Tree and decided to stay on Hwy 62 instead. I did some shopping in Twentynine Palms and figured I’d just find a spot off the highway east of the town. I pulled up one dirt road and found a level spot for the night, but within minutes about 8 mangy, dirty, scrappy little dogs came tearing over the hill towards me. They were yapping and snarling, and I quickly hopped back into my van and got out of there, for fear that the next thing that came over that hill would be the barrel of a rifle.

I found another spot down the road a mile or two, and when I had internet again I looked up the first location on google maps, and it turned out to be Old Dale Mine Road. I’m not sure if Old Dale still lived there, but his dogs certainly did. LOL

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Somewhere outside of Twentynine Palms, I passed a sign that read ‘No Services for the Next Hundred Miles.’ The image above shows what highway 62 looks like east of Twentynine Palms. There was little traffic on it, and I really enjoyed driving without being pushed constantly to drive faster, faster, faster.

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I didn’t drive the full hundred miles, instead, I cut off down to I10, and headed to Ehrenberg, just over the border from California, in Arizona.

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Ehrenberg has some of the most stunning sunsets imaginable. In the image above, look at the dark bumps at the bottom, those are mountains! That sunset really was THAT BIG.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of my journey, and of course, the images.

Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature

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4 responses to “Alabama Hills, Fossil Dry Falls, and a 100-Mile Stretch With No Services

  1. really beautiful Roxy! I have spent time in the little town of Darwin, and have friends who live there. They told me about the alabama hills but i haven’t made it there yet. I will make sure i do next time i am out that way. next time you get out there check out Darwin. Odd ghost town with about 25 people living there. no businesses. lots of art, especially carved marble. several reknowned sculptors have their work there as well as homes. Ask for Jim Hunolt and tell him I told you about him. He is a very welcoming person.

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