So begins another few hours of picture taking of this fabulous area. There are reportedly over 300 arches in the area. Ray and Deb purchased a small 29 page book by Orlyn Fordham called Arches of the Alabama Hills. It's a guide to 72 arches and 23 other features of the area, including GPS coordinates, 10 maps, and 71 colour photos. It has proved to be invaluable in finding the most popular arches. They picked it up at the Movie Museum in Lone Pine.
Eye of Alabama Arch...
We took highway 395 south back to Lone Pine and stopped at Lone Pine Smokehouse. We thought we'd go in, pre-order for dinner and then then pick it up later. Ray and Deb have been there for lunch and tried their ribs, which were excellent. Wanting to try their brisket, which isn't ready until after 5:00, we thought we'd give dinner a try. Unfortunately, they are closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...sheesh, guess we'll have to try another day!
So instead, we thought we'd try Jake's Saloon for lunch. It's a real cool looking spot but unfortunately, it is just that...a saloon with swinging doors, and does not serve food. Sheesh...again!
Back home, Steve went down to the creek behind us and took a few pictures. Once he got back, I downloaded all of the pictures. Ray is big into photography so had changed a setting on Steve's camera so that he would be able to download "raw" pictures...he wanted to show Steve the "Light Room" program he uses to edit them. Well, I didn't know that they had done that, so I was starting to pull out my hair wondering why I couldn't get the pictures to download! Well, once Steve told me that, I just had to change a setting on Picasa and voila...there they were.
around their campfire. No one was hungry after the massive lunch we had, so we sat out there chatting and having a few bevies until about 7:00 and then called it an evening. Another great day, exploring the area (with built in tour guides...sweet!) and the weather was perfect!