Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

day 4 - up 2000ft

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:57 PM
Hiked up to Lone Pine Lake at 10,120. I wasnt in shape anymore but found the hike although tiring and trying, not that difficult. At every 20 steps or so up, I turned back to check out the Alabama Hills on the valley. The view was more spectacular the higher we went. Up on the blue lake, it was windy. We scampered around in the rocks and got a bit lost finding each other. The sudden panic of finding yourself all alone in the wild could be quite disheartening. How could I have lost faith? Then dark clouds began to loom on the west and we descended to the cabin. On our way back down the trail, we saw spectacular lenticular clouds on the eastern sky. We raced down the mountain ahead of what looked like stormy clouds. At the Lone Pine store, we ordered burgers as we're practically starving since we didnt have much of a breakfast nor lunch. Back in the cabin later that day, we witnessed a most spectacular cloud formation above Mt Whitney and the Keeler Needles. Because of the storm that blew in from the west, the sun rays refracted on the clouds produced rainbows that sat on the edges of the clouds. It was one of the most spectacular clouds I've ever had the pleasure to see. That evening we all sat in our preferred rocking sofas and simply read our books under our reading lights. It was a sweet silence, never before experienced, of a peaceful uneventful evening. No TV, no radio, no iPod, no internet, no cell phone, no music playing. Just silence, each immerged in the fantastic world of his/her book. Tom read the Far Side.


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