Go up to Movie Road in Lone Pine after getting permit at ranger station at south end of town. About 10 zillion places to pull off and dry camp. View is unsurpassed, especially at night. Just be on the lookout for huge worms though; that's where "TREMORS" was filmed. Might be a few Kyber Rifles laying around too as that's where the original "GUNGA DIN" was shot with Gar Cooper, Doug Fairbanks, jr, et al.
Take yourToad up to Whitney Portal. Like a mini Yosemite Valley. Buy ONE breakfast for the whole family. They are ENORMOUS if Doug and Doug, Jr still run it. Tell them Doug, the CHP sergeant there in 1999-2000 said hi.
Would not recommend taking RV up there. Road is steep, crooked, narrow.
Thank you for the suggestion. We've been to Whitney Portal before and, I think I'd like to see it again. I'm kind of an old movie buff so, your comments on "Tremors" and the Kyber Rifles cracked me up. By the way, my mom and dad were on a trip and were in a restaurant in Lee Vining when Clint Eastwood walked in and sat down. They were filming "High Plains Drifter" right down at the shores of Mono Lake. She got to say hi to him. Man, was she ecstatic.
Based on yours and all the others help that's been stated here, we might not make it to Oregon and Washington. There's a ton to do and see here in CA. Man, I can't wait to take off. Just have some minor items to take care of on the M/H, like changing the air filter. Thanks again for your help here.
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There are several state campgrounds there by Lee Vining. Turn left like going towards Yosemite, and drive a couple of miles you turn left again to the state camp grounds. Right next to a water stream and used to be some good fishing. Stayed there many times years ago.
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I don't think "incorrect information" is so much the issue as is "no information". They have very little, if any, internet exposure currently. Their web site url redirects to a useless folder listing for Outdoor Resorts, not a website. A search in Woodall's results in no matches found for Pacific Shores, RV Park Reviews website has no reports on them, good or bad, a Google search returns very little info for them - only a single listing for a lot for sale by a private owner. In other words they are just about invisible from a cyberspace perspective. Maybe you could let them know since you are there.
That's exactly what I found when I was linked to it. Usually when a campground or RV resort is named, you can go t the net and find it and lots of info on it. But, their site, if any, is pretty dismal. And, I too found the one "site" for sale there. So, we'll keep on the lookout for good campgrounds.
Just an update on this subject. All internet references to Pacific Shores was the responsibility of the previous owner (Outdoor Resorts) and with their bankruptcy, all web info has been discontinued. Currently, the transfer of ownership from Outdoor Resorts to Pacific Shores HOA has not been completed and therefore the HOA is prevented from any advertising. I've been assured that as soon as all the legal ramifications have been completed, the HOA is prepared to start up a new web site and advertising in RV magazines and such.
In the mean time, I'd like to reiterate my previous statement. Pacific Shores is open and in almost full operation with reduced site charges.
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You'll be going very close to Lava Beds National Monument. Some of the neatest ice caves I've ever been in. History too, the Modoc Indians fought off the US Army there for months. And you can visit many of the 700 caves there. There's a campground but I think it's dry camping. There are 76 RV campgrounds around Tulelake though.
There is a place off highway 139 where about 25' off the valley floor is a American Flag painted on the side of a mesa. During the Modoc wars, some soldiers were in a boat and painted it up there. Farmers drained the lake some years later. At the bottom of that mesa are some petroglyphs probably put there 12,000 years ago. At Lava Beds there is a cave with ancient rock carvings as well.
Thank you Sir. I think I remember seeing lava beds alongside the freeway in the Owens lake area, not sure. It maybe further north or south. I love caveing. Whether they be natural or man made. I found one in the Chocolate mountains just a hair east of Buttercup sand dunes in So CAL that was incredibly warm for about a couple hundred feet in and then, all of a sudden, it went cold. You could step a couple of feet in either direction and it was warm, then cold. Wierd!!!
Anyway, I'm getting anxious. Just got to get the rest of the coach ready. By the way, how's that paint job working out? And, how'd you come out on that diesel repair in Flagstaff?
Paint job from Mexico still looks great. Very happy with it. As you might remember, it only cost me $975 and that's after a generous tip. This rig is so old, it wasn't really worth a $5,000 paint job in the US.
The engine repair was $5734...got 10 miles away from the shop and it seized up going up a steep hill. Same piston and valves were burnt. Turned out the dust storm I'd gone through 200 miles before had clogged the air filter so bad that it caused the overheat of that piston. Tech was trying to save me money so didn't change it. I'd had it checked in Mexico and it was clean, so it had to be those dust storms I drove through outside of Phoenix.
Shops warranty covered the re-repair. Entirely. Place is great, named Northern Arizona Diesel. In Flagstaff. Couldn't have been happier with their work. Had them fix my bad Parking Brake too.
Lava Beds National Monument is south of Tulelake, CA about 60 miles. Off of highway 139. If you like caves, you'll love this place. Miles of caves to explore alone or with a ranger. Sparkly caves, ice caves, domed caves, caves with a natural bench seat, etc., very cool. And you can visit the caves where the Modocs held off the army. Fascinating story.
Thank you Sir. I think I remember seeing lava beds alongside the freeway in the Owens lake area, not sure. It maybe further north or south.
Scott, those lava beds are actually just south of Little Lake (which is at the southern most portion of Owens' Valley) and just north of Inyokern/Ridgecrest (which is our home town). As far as I know, those lava beds don't have any caves...at least none that have active tourism.
Jim and lanerd,
Thanks again for the info. Had a couple of delays in getting ready for this trip but, if all goes well, we'll be heading out at around 1:00 A.M. Monday morning. I've driven that section of I-15 between San Diego and Victorville so much that if I never SEE it again, it will be fine with me. So, for a couple of reasons, we're heading out in the VERY EARLY morning hours. One, because as stated, I'm not missing any views, two, the traffic between San Diego and Victorville, I-15, cross sections of 90, 10, and more can and often do, stop the I-15 to stop and go for lengths of time during the day, and, although our engine is working just fine, why climb that grade, (Cajon pass) at a hotter time? So, I figure by the time the sun actually starts heating things up, I should be very close to Lone Pine or there abouts.
And, that's where the views start to become of value, at least to us anyway. Plus, if I find a campground in or around Lone Pine or there abouts, it will still be in the early part of the day and I really like that. I like setting up and having the rest of the day to rest, goof around, see whats of value in the immediate area etc.
Besides, I love looking at my dash at night. Freightliner sets up all the dash clusters with beautiful "green" back lit bulbs! I think that's way cool.