Sunday, February 26, 2012
A careful study of various weather sites revealed a window, a moment of stillness and warmth, something we couldn't let pass. For a day we escaped to the East Side, as aficionados call it, the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Within a reasonable day trip distance, the town of Lone Pine below Mt. Whitney provides us with a fantastic mini-adventure. Specifically, we're attracted to the world-class views and the jumbled stones of the Alabama Hills, a strange alien landscape of rough brown towers, walls, boulders and corridors where we spend frequent days clinging from edges like lizards. To some the area might be harsh, barren, but the movie industry discovered it back in the 1930's, and it's been a favorite spot for many classic films from Gunga Din of old to the modern Gladiator with Russell Crowe. So, throw ropes and gear into the Subaru, leave home at 7AM, arrive at 9AM for a day on the rocks.
Fuel for the drive home!