Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM
36.228336 -106.395991

9.30.2013

Movie Museum

Lone Pine is a funky little town that has catered to the movie industry for decades. 







I love the old weathered signs. Maybe John Wayne shopped here.



The movie museum was well worth the $5 admission price. 




Coat and hat John Wayne wore in the Shootist.

Tyrone Power's costume from King of the Kyber Rifles - 1953


A jerk vest used to pop a rider off his feet or horse when he reached the end of his rope


Pipe gun prop used in Star Trek V The Final Frontier

Temple built for Gunga Din. It no longer exists.

BIG worms burrowing through the earth in 1996


One of the animatronics puppets used in Tremors 2 


$$$$$$$$$$


Prop guns


When younger Saturdays meant cartoons and a Roy Rogers double feature. Mom would drop me off and picked me up a couple of hours later.







Alabama Hills

Camped in the scenic Alabama Hill below Mt. Whitney. Hundreds of movies and dozens of TV shows have been filmed here. Early in the 1920s Tom Mix and Hopalong Cassidy fought the bad guys here. More recently Tremors, Gladiator and even Star Trek have used this location. It is spectacular place to boondocks. (36.60093, -118.11126)





I am camped in the area where Yellow Sky starring Gregory Peck was filmed in 1948



9.29.2013

Tasty Treats

Went a little Gonzo at Schat's Bakery, a Bishop, CA institution. I got three Danish Cheese Pockets which I love and a Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish to try. Back when I was press photographer in Ventura, CA I used to get a wonderful Cheese Strudel at Dave's Deli. I keep searching for one as good as Dave's.



Chidago Canyon 



Rode the Honda out Chicago Canyon (37.66201, -118.47158) looking for a nice boondocking spot. Many sites, 14 day limit, but none that had the ambiance I was looking for. 

I went up to Bitterbrush campground (37.2856, -118.55889) west of Bishop. This nice spot with a very scenic view was $10.50 with my senior pass.

Moseying down to boondock in the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine tomorrow.



9.28.2013

Heading South

First snow, just a note from Mother Nature telling one that it is time to drift south.






Camped above Mono Lake (38.08456, -119.19836) soaking up the morning sun.


9.22.2013

The Roof The Roof

There are two kinds of RV's. Those that leak and those that are going to leak. I am doing my fall maintenance so I do not have the latter.




A couple of months of mail caught up with me. 



9.21.2013

Old Friends

I am at my friend Cliff's place in Carson City, NV. It is always good to see Cliff and it gives me a chance to do maintenance. I have installed a new step sensor so it extends every time I open the door. I have almost broken my neck when it did not extend. Also some new gasket material around a leaky basement door.



Refreshing some tired wood work.














Mike and Lori are visiting from Indiana. Mike, Cliff and I are old high school friends. Mike became a civil engineer and has worked on State Department construction projects all over the wold. I had not seen him since 1968 and it was great to catch-up and reminisce about our well spent youth.

Cliff gave us an excellent tour of the Nevada State Museum housed in the old Carson City Mint building. They are standing in front of the scale used to weigh the bullion used to mint coins.



Trip to Virginia City ... NOT  



Heading out to Virginia City Mike's car developed quite a vibration. We thought it was a flat, but it turned out that three studs had broken off and the rear tire was wobbling badly. He was lucky that this happened here and not out in the middle of nowhere. 


The Ford dealer had him back on the road in a few hours. 




9.17.2013

Off to the Aquarium

Rachel, Derek and grandpa went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium today. It has been a family favorite since the mid 1980s when we took Derek and his brother Sean. Now another generation of Bacon's is enjoying it.



The corals are beautiful.




One fish, two fish, three fish ....................








Interesting kelp creations out of plastic bottles

Hard day being a kid.