Sunset in the Alabama Hills

Mountain_Man_79

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For my final road trip as a California resident, I went back to my favorite places in the Eastern Sierra. On my last night there I spent sunset in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the US outside of Alaska, in the area known as the Alabama Hills. Side note, I have a grudge with Mt. Whitney after two failed solo attempts of the mountaineers route; the only mountain I’ve tried and failed on.

Thankfully, there’s very little graffiti in the hills. But you are greeted by this art, known as “Nightmare Rock”.
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Moving deeper into the hills.
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Watch out for dust devils!
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Some golden hour glow...
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And then I stumbled across “Cyclops Arch”
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...and by pure happenstance, noticed that the setting sun could be viewed right through a small hole in the right side pillar (from the view above), and went for the starburst...
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It was the perfect goodbye and goodnight to the love affair I’ve had with the Sierra the last 7 years that I’ve been visiting.
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I can only hope one day I’ll be lucky enough to visit again.

Thanks for looking!
 

Mountain_Man_79

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And because I realized that none of the photos above actually feature Mt. Whitney (in the back, just a hair right of center), here’s one for good measure -
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I know the feeling about Mt. Whitney; I had a near disaster in 1974 with 5 others on a climb that ended during a wicked spring thunder-snow storm. Three of us had just come back from a 8 month stint in Laos (PCS to Edwards AFB) so we figured that we we hardened enough for the endeavor; nature finds a way...
 
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