We loaded everything we could into our trusty old Honda Civic and took off to CA to see family for just over a week. We took our mountain bikes, so stopped near Gooseberry Mesa in Southeastern Utah. Had a great, but short rider there,a nd headed onward to CA the next day. We drove through Death Valley National Park, this being our first time through there. What a huge, an beautiful place! Sand dunes, rolling hills, enormous valleys, and wind, definitely wind. Next time we hope to make the trek to the Playa Racetrack, a good excuse to bring the jeep back.
We arrived in Lone Pine, CA, just before dark. Having set up camp in the cold and dark numerous times, I knew Joey would be much happier if we just splurged and got a room. We then found the best Taco Truck in the world, not exaggerating. I got up before sunrise, and knew little about the Alabama Hills just to the west of town. I took my bike and pack for my camera in case the road was too rough for the car, but the road was great. With clear skies, I found a nice spot in these beautiful hills, and waited for some nice, warm alpenglow. It started with just a sliver, but soon the whole Sierra Nevada range radiated an intense orange, Mt. Whitney came to life in a blaze. Sometimes it pays to get out of bed. What a great morning. This would be the landscape photography highlight of the trip.
We had a great time visiting family, going to the beach in Fort Bragg, and eventually driving nonstop back to Colorado. Yes, life is good.