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Bristlecone Forest – White Mountains

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For over 40 years I have been driving between Southern California and Mammoth Lakes. For the first 3 dozen of those years, I thought the only purpose of California Highway 395 was to see how fast one could travel the route. Recently, I have learned that there are so many hidden treasures along this route that are easily passed when your focus is only on the destination.

This week, we headed out for a brief camping trip to show our friends the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and to camp at Grandview Campground which is notorious among star gazers.

The Bristlecone Forest is high in the White Mountains about 20+ miles from Big Pine on a curvy but paved road. What is amazing about the Bristlecones are that they grow in the harshest of alpine conditions between 9,800 and 11,000 feet. This grove is known for a tree named “Methuselah” which is more than 4,750 years old. This is 1,000 years older than any other tree in the world. While the tree isn’t marked to ensure protection from vandals, there is a most enjoyable 4 mile hike which takes you through the Methuselah Grove. It is fun to muse about what this tree has seen during its lifetime.

Five miles down the road from the Grove is the Grandview Campground which has 25 tent sites. It is one of the quietest places in the world especially because there is no cellular or internet connection. In fact, there is no water either; there is a pack it in/pack it out philosophy. Between the remoteness and high altitude (above 8,000 feet), we thought it would be the perfect place to see the meteor storm of the year. But Mother Nature played a trick on us, what we got instead was the thunder/lightning storm of the year. I am most grateful that my man knows how to put a tent up that stays dry in any storm.

The last comment, on the self guided tour through the Methuselah Grove, is that adversity is what gives these trees their beauty. For thousand of years, these trees allowed themselves to be shaped by whatever nature brought them. What a wonderful life lesson!

The next time you are driving through Big Pine, think about taking a detour and think about how much enjoyment you can get out of this area if you make it your home. Inquire about the latest Mammoth real estate listings today! This blog was submitted by Madeleine “Mickey” Brown at Mickey@RPExperts.com

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