“When you sleep in a house, your thoughts are as high as the ceiling; when you sleep outside, they are as high as the stars.” – Bedouin Proverb
“In the desert, don’t stray away from the trail; it’s always smarter.” – Bedouin Proverb
The sinister COVID cloud is fading, time to take a breath of fresh air and do more than just a morning walks outdoors, so we went. Our week-long exploration was along Highway 395. This road runs east of and parallels the Sierra Mountains; it’s a spectacular drive. On one side are the stunning peaks of the Sierras, and on the other, the desert. The Sierra Mountains contain hundreds of gem-like lakes, many miles of fishing streams, and enough hiking trails for a lifetime of walking. It’s a vast and diverse empire of the wild, filled with potential adventures.
Red Rock Canyon and Fossil Falls
We stopped for a quick visit at the Red Rock Canyon, where Danna demonstrated a Half-Moon pose. This park’s landscape is a feels-like Bryce Canyon in Utah with eroding red sandstone in vivid colors. Then we stopped at Fossil Falls for a short walk. Thousands of years ago, when the Owens River flowed through this creek, it sculpted and polished these black and brown volcanic rocks. The river is long gone and dry. What’s left is to Imagine the sound of the waterfall.
We arrived at our rustic cabin at Glacier Lodge in Big Pine Canyon with a panoramic backdrop of the Sierra Mountains in the early evening hours. The lodge glory days are long gone. In the 1940s, it used to be the jewel of the Sierra, offering a European-style retreat, but times have changed. The new owners, a couple from Orange County, bought the place recently and are planning to rebuild the dining hall and upgrade the old cabins. We had a great time staying at the big and comfortable cabin.