Around the Lake; Into the Sand Dunes; the Films of Owens Lake Monday (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 8:00 AM
Owens Lake, just south of Lone Pine, once had its waters plied by steamships, then drained by Los Angeles’ thirst. Now it is a $1.5 billion dust mitigation project. Yet fully thirty films used the exotic salt encrusted wasteland and blowing sand dunes for backdrops to science fiction, westerns, middle eastern romantic fantasies, and even a Tarzan movie. With Six film locations strung like a necklace of pearls around an inland sea, with stars like Kevin Bacon, Steve McQueen, Patrick Wayne, Audie Murphy, Johnny Weissmuller, Alan Ladd, Demi Moore, Yvonne De Carlo, Maureen O’Hara, Rock Hudson, Robert Downey Jr. and many more, the variety of films is astounding. Because we’ll travel all the way around the lake, the tour will be at least two and one hours long, with some walking.
The “Around the lake…” is NEW and has been custom designed by Chris to share locations of a very diverse group of films. The tour will cover six stops. Films noted will include: In Dolomite are: Digital Man, Tremors, An Eye for an Eye, From Hell to Texas and Nevada Smith. At the DWP Plaque: Disney’s Lone Ranger, Outlaws of the Orient, Outlaws of the Desert, Oil for the Lamps of China and Star Wars. In Keeler: Greed, Sinister Journey, The Blazing Sun, Goldtown Ghost Riders, I Died a Thousand Times and Saboteur. Historic Pull Out at HGY #138 & #150: Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier. Olancha Sand Dunes: The Desert Hawk, Desert Legion, Desert Pursuit, Tarzan’s Desert Mystery, Gunga Din, Adventures of Hajji Baba, Posse From Hell and Iron Man. The final stop six: Olancha School; Camel Spiders, Goodbye Guy Guy and Iron Man (base camp).
The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes.
Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.
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About Your Tour Guide:
Chris Langley is a life-long educator, has lived in and studied the Mojave Desert for over forty years. Achieving his BA in English-History at Dartmouth College, He is the writer/historian part of a collaboration (along with Osceola Refetoff, fine art photographer) called “”High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain” and their work can be found at desertdispatches.com.
Langley’s writing includes work appearing regularly in The Inyo Register, and KCET Artbound. Other publications include a history of Lone Pine, CA, a cultural history of Mount Whitney, and From Jayhawkers to Jawas: a Short History of Filming in Death Valley. Founder of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Langley’s environmental advocacy won commendations including a Nat’l Conservation Cooperation Award. He recently was named California’s Outdoor Writer of the Year, and nominated as a finalist in the Socal Journalism Awards sponsored by the L.A. Press Club in the category of activism journalism. He served as director of the Film Festival for four years, and interim executive Director of the museum. He is now secretary of the Museum Board.