Fall Potpourri, without decorative gourds

Here’s a “best of fall” set of pics from various and sundry activities spanning late summer to mid-autumn here on the East Side of the Sierra. Promise: no pictures of decorative gourds.

Visiting snuggly little baby goats at Dori + Martin's Seismic Farms, in Big Pine.
Visiting snuggly little baby goats at Dori + Martin’s Seismic Farms, in Big Pine.
Fall means low-elevation desert weekends, now just an hour from home. Flip flops, creosote, Prosecco and good chips and salsa from Indio.
Fall means low-elevation desert weekends, now just an hour from home. Flip flops, creosote, Prosecco, good chips and salsa from Indio, and endless opportunities for exploring.
Hidden Dunes, Eureka Valley, as seen from the mouth of an unnamed canyon.
Hidden Dunes, Eureka Valley, as seen from the mouth of an unnamed canyon, Death Valley National Park.
Petroglyphs are fairly common around here -- we think the wavy lines = water.
Petroglyphs are fairly common around here — we think the wavy lines = water.
Collared lizard enjoys the sun.
Collared lizard enjoys the sun.
Coolest find of the day, by Mike: an almost-intact obsidian arrowhead!
Coolest find of the day, by Mike: an almost-intact obsidian arrowhead! We left it where we found it, being in the National Park and all.
Standing funny in the thin air at 11,000', near the summit of Boundary Peak.
Standing funny near the 13,000′ summit of Boundary Peak, White Mountains, CA, north of Bishop.
Looking down into Nevada from the summit ridge of Boundary Peak, White Mountains, CA.
Looking down into Nevada from the summit ridge of Boundary Peak.
Intriguing layer of volcanic sand in the canyon wall, Inyo Mountains.
Another day, another set of mountains and canyons: Intriguing layer of volcanic sand in the canyon wall, Inyo Mountains near Big Pine, CA.
Cairn marking something on a ridge above the canyon we'd just walked up.
Cairn marking something on a ridge above the canyon we’d just walked up. We later found a very old footpath that went along the ridge.
Map check and coffee break.
Map check and coffee break, looking down on Owens Valley and ancient red cinder cones.
Mike chugs up the dirt road in the Horton Creek area below Mt. Tom, just west of town.
Local running: Mike chugs up the dirt road in the Horton Creek area below colorful Mt. Tom, just west of town.
Fall colors are all over Bishop right now!
Fall colors are all over Bishop right now!

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