Mike drives down from his campsite into Big Pine, stopping at a gas station store to get a pre-packaged cinnamon roll and some gas station coffee. Yum! Down on the valley floor it isn’t quite as cold as his campsite, but it’s still pretty chilly.
The Owens Valley floor, that is. Mike drove by Owens Lake on the way up, stopping at the (chemical?) factory for pix. He could see some lakebed activity—probably the Los Angeles dust mitigation project. (Earlier photo of Owens Valley is here.)
Driving east from Big Pine he crosses the Owens River, takes some pix of a dirt road on the valley floor, mountains in the distance. It’s not going to warm up today, he decides.
Photos: Factory—Owens Valley, 2009; Road—Owens Valley, 2009