October 12, 2009
We are in Death Valley. It is cool with dark clouds overhead, the sky rippled like the layers of rocks. The day began with breakfast and a nourishing drive past Mammoth and continuing enjoyment of the mountain range of the Sierra that John Muir called The Range of Light. We turned off 395 to drive up and up and up to 10,000 feet above sea level and the Antique Bristlecone Pines, the oldest trees on earth. One tree is 4000 years old. It was cold as we hiked and we were alone with the rugged, rocky landscape and trees. We enjoyed looking across at the southernmost glaciers in the country. I wondered how long they will be there as the glaciers are so rapidly disappearing.
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