For the last few weeks the October issue of National Geographic Magazine has been tormenting me. On the very first three pages, is an advertisement for the new Hummer H3T. In the ad is a picture of some dude riding a Specialized Enduro in the some of most incredibly scenery I had ever seen? The main caption says ‘Welcome to the open’. The smaller print said:
Riding along the crags of Banner Ridge Loop grants views of the White Mountains, the surrounding high desert, and the forests of pinyon pines.
Then it lists some very ambiguous directions to get to the crags. Banner Ridge Loop I thought? I had never heard of such a trail… and my research on Google led me to believe that no such place existed. Yet there it was every time I opened that magazine. Curiosity eventually got the better of me and I decided that I must investigate for myself. If there was some epic unknown trail out in the Eastern Sierras waiting to be discovered I wanted to be the first to ride it…
The Hummer Advertisement
The scenery on the way to Benton.
In search of fall colors.
A duck ruins the reflection.