What I love about California is that it is overflowing with amazing nature. Any which direction you drive, you're bound to run into something breathtakingly beautiful. From the desert, to the mountains, to the beach, to the forest, to the lakes and cities and miscellaneous landmarks, California is kind of wonderful.
Eager to explore parts of California that I've not yet been to, Mariana and I planned for a trip to adventure around the famous Alabama Hills. Or, more specifically, the Mobius Arch.
What makes this place so awesome? It's where desert meets mountain, and it offers some of the best views I have ever had the privilege of seeing. As you drive up, you cruise right between the two -- mountains on one side, desert on the other. It's no surprise that this place is famous for having hosted background to movies, shows, commercials, and then some.
You might recognize scenes from Gladiator, Iron Man, Transformers, How the West Was Won, etc.
When you make it to Lone Pine, you turn into what looks like a private road. You drive by ranches and plots of land stretching to the mountains.
I had to snap this because it's so patriotic. The American flag waving in the mountain breeze, with the Sierras in the background. Whizzing past ranches and horses (so many horses!), big trucks and wire fences.
But! There was more to see than this road. After a few more turns and a dirt path that made you feel like you were in some old time Western with clouds of dirt billowing behind your car, you arrive at the trailhead for the Mobius Arch loop.
This is where I should tell you that I was overprepared. After having had just enough water on our Lost Palms Oasis trip, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be without snacks, water, or protection of my wounds (still dramatic, I know).
The trail starts out so promising. You have a few hills to climb, all while taking in your surroundings. I know that I'm gushing, but I cannot get over how beautiful this place was. I have never seen the mountains up this close while in the desert -- or maybe I've never paid attention. Either way, it felt new and real and incredibly humbling.
After a bit of reflection, you continue onto a path and pass by one of the smaller arches. We would have gone up to play, but we were anticipating a long hike ahead of us and wanted to make sure we got to the Mobius Arch in good time.
That is, until, two minutes later we found our way to the arch. And scratched our heads at how easy that was.
Here it is, in all its beauty.
Wave hello to Mt. Whitney gracing us with her presence in the background! The sun was on the other side of the arch, so I had to position myself to block it out. It ended up giving me too much of the rock behind the arch, but a gloriously illuminated view of Whitney.
But then..that was about it. We sat on a rock and looked some photos of the rocks around us, and made plans for what to do next. What took us three and half hours to drive to, occupied all of 10 minutes to hike to. I honestly want to say that we spent less than an hour there.
Though I could never deny being awed by this place, and I don't regret the trip at all. I'm not sure if it was totally worth the time it took us to get there, but! It was an opportunity to once again admire this earth and the many adventures that I have before me.
Anybody up for going on an adventure with me?
On a last note were greeted with the most beautiful sunset on our way back through the Mojave. I don't have any words for these colors other than: Lisa Frank.
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