Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

day 3 - cabin fever

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:59 PM
The morning was cold and breezy but I had a good night sleep thanks to the oxygen machine. We drove a bit down to Patriarch Grove to see the Bristlecone Pines. My first. Neat but not impressive. Down to town, it was hot. We roamed around in Mountain Light,Galen Rowell's gallery. A & T trying to find a print. Rowel's photographs of Patagonia, the Cuernos and the Torres, FitzRoy and guanacos reminded me of the land I love. We got some Dutch bread at Erick Schat's Bakery, and drove to Lone Pine. There we shopped for dinner material, and headed up Whitney Portal. The Shekelle cabin was rustic, comfortable, and with electricity and hot water, and an old fashion metal hearth. Windows on both sides, getting the morning sun as well as the afternoon heat, with superlative views of Mt Whitney. The Lone Pine campground was huge, and the private cabins were scattered on the hill side so there's enough privacy for each. We sat on the deck with chips and beer, admiring Whitney and the Keeler Needles. A faint traffic noise from the paved road was occasionally heard, otherwise, the silence was only broken by our chatting. That night we had candlelite dinner of cold chicken, salad and roast potatoes. At night it was total pitch dark and absolute silence. So unlike in my condo.

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