Day 2 found us waking up pretty early and hitting the road from east L.A. Our first destination was lunch in Lone Pine, CA on our way to Mammoth Lakes. On the way, we saw a sign for beef jerky, 75 miles ahead. We thought, must be pretty good jerky. For the next hour, every ten miles, we were reminded of this jerky shack. By the time we were 10 miles out, it was a forgone conclusion that we had to stop. And stop we did. In between Inyo National Forest and Death Valley National Park in a little town called Olancha, CA, lies an unassuming if not well marketed Jerky joint called "Gus’s Really Good Fresh Jerky”. Here you will find some of the best road trip jerky of your life. You are offered samples immediately upon entering this crazy little place in the middle of the desert. We took our samples, bought our sweet and sour packages and went on our way. But not before we threw a couple of Saint West Filmworks stickers on the wall, an obvious pastime of visitors through the years. If you are ever in the area, and find our sticker, take a picture of it and we will send you a free Saint West TShirt. Because that would be awesome.
On the way up to Mammoth we decided to call an audible and go further to Mono Lake. Located in California’s spectacular Eastern Sierra mountain range, Mono Lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. It is a wild, beautiful lake like nothing you’ve ever seen before, almost like another planet with it’s extremely high salt content and tufa rock formations. We filmed our own crew as hikers exploring the lake’s ecosystem. The video production options in this area were as abundant as the black flies that lined the lake’s muddy waterfront. Once we finished up, it was PB&J’s and Turkey Sandwiches for dinner and it was really starting to feel like a road trip. Once we had our fill, it was back in the van’s on the way up to Lake Tahoe for an overnight in a mountain cabin. Day 3 coming soon!
Photography courtesy of Sean Horton @ www.hortonvisuals.com