Easter Sierras Part Six: Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills

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Finally we have internet service that will support putting together a blog post, despite the transition from Millenicom to Verizon pending.  Many readers are probably familiar with the demise of Millenicom’s internet service, and have scrambled to find a replacement. We decided to go with Verizon, and I’m sure it will be fine once we’ve got it up and going. I am not blaming either service for the challenges we’ve been experiencing. I think it’s just a fact of rural travel. 
Our blog left off a couple of weeks ago at Bristlecone Pines Ancient Forest while we were parked in Bishop, CA. Our next stop was Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine, CA, another small town, known as the gateway to Death Valley and Mt. Whitney. It has the distinction of being located right between the lowest and the highest elevations in the United States.  Just outside and west of town are the Alabama Hills, and just beyond them is Mt. Whitney, both will be featured in this post.
The Alabama Hills is comprised of acres and acres of granite eroded into smoothly rounded piles of boulders, some as big as barns.  Our outing into the Hills started at the Mobius Arch, the most often photographed feature of the Hills. The parking lot and trail weren’t too hard to find. 

We were there under the midday sun, so it wasn’t the best photographically, but we messed around it long enough to get an interesting shot or two.  Below Rick tries to find that perfect shot with Mt. Whitney framed within the arch… 

…while I tried another approach. A photographic icon can sometimes be intimidating, or sometimes disappointing.  It’s always a challenge to get a shot that just satisfies you.

The contrasting juxtaposition of the Alabama Hills and the pale grey m…