4 response to "Lone Pine, part 1"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: May 12, 2021

    I’ve been to Lone Pine. For some reason my main memory of it was a big gas station at the edge of town. It was probably the first place I’d ever been to that required us to pay the cashier before pumping gas and didn’t have a “pay at the pump” option. Perhaps we should have ventured a little further into town before heading south for a few miles and then up into the Sierras.
    P.S. Since I have 23 hours and 57 minutes and 44 seconds to edit this comment, I just remembered something else about Lone Pine. My buddy and I had blown a tire in Death Valley on the vehicle we rented in Las Vegas. We thought about getting the tire repaired in Lone Pine, but decided against waiting an hour. Instead we continued on up to the Sierra Nevada, then to Joshua Tree, and worked our way back to Las Vegas with no spare tire. Please excuse the poor judgement of a couple of naive 40-year olds.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: May 14, 2021

      That gas station is probably the Chevron at the south edge of town. It’s the closest to the turn for Death Valley. I heard a guy with Texas license plates tell his wife “That’s two bucks more per gallon than we pay at home!” Nowadays you need to insert your credit card before you pump, or else go inside and pay in advance. As to no spare tire, I can’t image why anyone would possibly need a spare while roaming around on empty roads through mountains and deserts with no habitation (or AAA services) within many miles.

      “Suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car…”

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 13, 2021

    Lone Pine is a very interesting place!
    Amazing amount of murals — the unfinished one make me wonder, does the artist paint that freehand or just how?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: May 14, 2021

      This definitely looked like slow, painstaking freehand, but I can’t say for sure, because the artist wasn’t around.

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