Oops, I forgot I had a blog. Not really, but I have been incredibly lazy this month. I guess one can’t climb rocks all the time when there are bills to pay. But let’s go back to last month when I did! Alabama Hills is a sprawling area full of interesting rock formations a short drive from Lone Pine in Inyo and set against the Sierra Nevada mountains, including Mount Whitney. When there’s snow on the mountains the contrast is especially beautiful, though it’s the rocks that have drawn dozens of film and television shoots, including for “Django Unchained,” “Gladiator,” and many westerns. There are numerous spots for camping and desolate stretches good for reflecting in solitude but there are also plenty of people out enjoying this spot. The arch trail loop, just about the only marked trail or feature in the area, is particularly popular (because look below at my photo of Mobius Arch, it’s kind of a nice spot y’all) but it wasn’t overbearing, even midday in the midst of a holiday weekend.
After all the hiking my friends and I were pretty famished so went to the highest rated restaurant in nearby Lone Pine. You know how when you’re starving anything tastes good? Lone Pine is apparently counting on that. So. Much. Grease. Just insane, really. So bring some protein bars and wait to eat until you’re somewhere else. 🙂