Hello from the hills of the west! We've been driving and hiking amongst the red rocks of AZ and UT the past several days. Resurfacing into city life in Cortez, CO (just over the UT border).
I'm taking the opportunity to upload some pictures from the last few weeks.
These are from the Eastern side of the Sierras/Kings Canyon NP at the foothills of Mount Whitney (California), the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Our campsite was right along a hiking trail and bubbling stream, we were surrounded by mountains, it was quiet and....well, perfect. We hiked around a bit the day after we arrived. We gained 1,300 ft in an hour and 45 mins, which was quite a lung workout. We were amply rewarded for our exertion by stunning scenery all the way up and at the top of our hike, tucked in among peaks, a silent mountain lake. We peeled off our sweaty socks and plunged our feet in the icy water for instant rejuvination.
There was bear poo-poo in a few spots around our campsite and lots of pictures and warnings of bears getting into cars for food, etc. We kept our food stash in the bear locker and did not receive a visit...for which I was both thankful and left a little curious, yearning a wee-little (safe) encounter.
5 stars for Mt. Whitney!
More pics of more places to come...