One day we hiked up to the Eye of Alabama arch. The views were once again awe-inspiring. Standing there inhaling all this magnificence, you have no choice but to be here now...and then wish I was there.
Before leaving the Hills for visit to Manzanar National Historic Site, we drove up Whitney Portal Road a short distance to check out Lone Pine Campground. No reason to drive past the campground as the road up to Whitney Portal was closed for the season. A small, delightful campground right on pristine Lone Pine Creek would make this another wonderful choice to camp in the off season. Pretty soothing to the soul listening to the music of a rippling stream. The Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail also begins at the west end of the park.This trail connects the campground with Whitney Portal...only 4 miles away and a 2,720 foot elevation gain. We "ran out of time" to attempt the entire hike...but did manage to find a few pull outs to embrace some beautiful views west and east.
To the west you have the snow capped peaks of the Eastern Sierras and Mount Whitney. And to the east you can see the southern tip of the White Mountains, the home to the oldest trees in the world, the Bristlecone Pines. And these aren't just hills, as the highest point in the range is 14,252 feet (compared to Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet).
In 1942 the U.S. turned the abandoned townsite of Manzanar, CA into a camp that would confine over 10,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants. The photo of lone the guard tower is all one needs to see to fathom the travesty of these War Relocation Centers. And shocking, to say the least, about two thirds of all Japanese Americans interned at Manzanar were American citizens by birth. The rest were aliens, many of whom had lived in the United States for decades, but who, by law were denied citizenship. We have chosen to use sepia photos to represent the sadness, pain and anger we felt while on this self guided tour. In today's failure of future political leadership, the wind carries the same racial prejudice and fear hysteria that provided the catalyst toward this historic embarrassment.
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