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…
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! ?
John got some time with Hawkeye too…
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.
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