Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lone Pine Film Festival

From Bishop we moved down to the town of Lone Pine, CA, and parked on the side of Lone Pine Narrow Gauge Rd. It's a seldom used road with a beautiful view.

That's Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, above my trailer in the first picture. The melting snow made some interesting cloud formations.

If you got up early enough, the sun created the same phenomenal lighting we had in Bishop.

The ravens liked to land on the electrical poles outside my window. This one looked like he was carrying a golf ball.

In town is the Lone Pine Film History Museum. Many western movies were filmed around here.

Unfortunately, many of them were done before my time, believe it or not.

But I did remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and got to pose with them.

The reason so many westerns were filmed here is because of the rock formations in the Alabama Hills, underneath the beautiful Sierra Mountains.

We were there during the Lone Pine Film Festival, when they put out placards documenting the many movies that were filmed here.

The placards are placed in the exact spot where a scene was filmed.

Sometimes elaborate sets were produced, such as this temple in Gunga Din. Since they are no longer here, you have to use your imagination.

They also had a meet-and-greet with some old time film stars. I didn't recognize anyone, but this is Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. At least I remember them.

And seated behind the table is Mariette Hartley. She was in some western movies filmed in the area, but I remember her most for her Polaroid commercials with James Garner.


  1. Now that would be one, neat experience. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This was a lot of fun. I remember those commercials also. They were so good together I always thought they were married. Did it make you want to rent any of those old movies?

  3. Movie history is fun!! Love the shots of WHITNEY!!

  4. You make the Lone Ranger and Tonto look good! They must have been happy to have you beside them. Did you get a souvenir silver bullet?

  5. het now di, thanks for the pixs, really like the one of your and phil rigs in front of whitney.to cool .i have never been to that festival and i only live two hours away!!!!

  6. Cheryl Rogers-Barnett was staying in that expensive RV resort in an RV with murals of Roy and Dale on it. I couldn't get a decent picture.

  7. Cheryl was adopted while Roy was married to his first wife Arlene Wilkins. He also adopted four other children while married to Dale Evans.
    Rogers and Evans were well known as advocates for adoption and as founders and operators of children's charities.


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