Whether you wake up charged to challenge Mother Nature or you prefer a more relaxed approach to appreciating natural wonders, plan your adventure with the Inyo County Visitor’s Guide. This dynamic Eastern Sierra region of California offers everything from hiking 14,496-foot Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the continental United States, to exploring the desert basin of the Western Hemisphere’s lowest point, Death Valley. Here are some highlights.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Another off the beaten path California classic is the Armargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction in Inyo County. There in 1967, Marta Becket, an accomplished, touring 42-year-old dancer, stopped with her husband to repair their car. While waiting for the work to be completed, Marta strolled down the street and came upon an abandoned adobe theater with interesting architectural bones. She rented the theater, began painting its walls and ceilings with fantastic, fanciful murals and has been performing for appreciative audiences, since. Now 84, Marta is still dancing and says, “I am grateful to have found the place where I can fulfill my dreams and share them with the passing scene…for as long as I can.” This authentic and artistic slice of American life is worth going out of the way to experience. For more information, visit www.amargosaoperahouse.com.