There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Alabama Hills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alabama Hills. Show all posts

10 February 2016

Mobius Arch

In today's world I need not spend hours planning out a trip, laboring over the minor details. My Trover app shows me photos others have taken from wherever I may be, helping me easily plan out an impromptu exploration.

Which was how I discovered the Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills.
Of course, a picture only takes you so far. Beyond that, I rely on luck and intuition. Once in the Alabama Hills, I had no cell service, and their aren't any big signs pointing you in the right direction to the trail head.

Nature's spirits guide me as I stumble upon the trail.
The crisp winter air invigorates me as I start the solo walk on the wild side of the eastern Sierra mountain wilderness.

06 February 2016

The Alabama Hills

The small town of Lone Pine, California, boasted two claims to fame :
-Hollywood movies filmed here.
-being at the base of Mount Whitney.

As I turned off of Main Street and started going up into the mountains, I stumbled upon an otherworldly sight, The Alabama Hills.
Full of endless dirt roads that one can drive or bike, you have more trails to explore and rocks to climb than one could ever dream.
Bouldering to the summit, climbing crags, jumping to and fro, this place shaved proverbial years off old and weary bones.

For a moment I was young again, with no pain to slow me down, no worries to impede my progress.
Only the freedom of the open space nature provides.