Alabama Hills- A Little Known Gem

A few years ago, while still traveling solo, I got chatting with a couple of guys who were standing at the same vista photographing sunrise in Death Valley. When I told them the direction I was heading later that day, one of them asked if I was going to Alabama Hills. I had never even heard of Alabama Hills! It didn’t take much for this guy to convince me to make that my next stop.

I loved the place so much I stayed… boondocked (dry-camped, with no plug-ins)… for several days. And to make it even better, it is BLM land, and therefore free to the public!

The route John and I were taking east of the Sierra’s to Death Valley took us right back to it, and we camped there for a few days.

So this was our campsite, and the view from our campsite…

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Our campsite

California, USA

Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney

John was as amazed at the uniqueness of this place as I had been. One of the things we loved most about it was there were no restrictions on flying drones, which we’d had little opportunity to do thus far on our trip. We’ve traveled through so many incredibly beautiful places, and ached to get “Hawkeye” in the air to capture a different perspective, but we do abide by the rules. (I detest the haters out there who think that anyone with a drone is automatically a rule-breaker, and a nuisance to society. I also detest the rule breakers who ruin it for the rest of us!)

This was really the first I’d been able to play with it! 😜

Fran Reisner, Journey In Focus, DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California, USA

Newbie at the wheel!

 

DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California

My first drone shot!

Fran Reisner, Journey In Focus

Alabama Hills shot with DJI Mavic Pro2

DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California, USA

I’m flying… while standing on the ground!

DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California, USA

The network of off-road trails is vast

DJI Mavic Pro2

The rocks are what make Alabama Hills so incredible and unique

John got some time with Hawkeye too…

DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California, USA

John at the wheel

DJI Mavic Pro2, Alabama Hills, California, USA

“Hawkeye” with Mt. Whitney in the background

shooting in Alabama Hills, with DJI Mavic Pro2

We also hiked the Mobius Arch Loop Trail, which I had enjoyed a few years prior with Jazzy and Sadie. Moments like these bring back special memories of my Jazzy, and remind me how little time we may have remaining with Sadie. She’s been such a trooper as they Journey continues. Rarely a complaint, but she’s clearly showing down.

Alabama Hills, California, USA

John and Sadie on the trail

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Mobius Arch Loop Trail

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Mt. Whitney from Mobius Arch Loop Trail

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Rock formations of Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Mt Whitney over the hills

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Mobius Arch

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Mt Whitney through Mobius Arch

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Alabama Hills through Mobius Arch

Me and my Sadie

Alabama Hills, California, USA

A spot of color in Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills, California, USA

One of few trees in Alabama Hills

At the wheel again!

Alabama Hills, California, USA

Rock formations of Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney, California, USA

The hills, the mountain…

After a few days of that great scenery we set out for Death Valley…

That’s up next, and we’re sitting still for a few days so I can get do some catching up!

For those who might be interested in my first experience there, and more from the area… Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierras

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