Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

Alabama Hills Scouting

The Alabama Hills Monster
I got sidetracked in blogging. I skipped Christmas and New Year, then all the sudden it was the end of January! So this continues photos from my Thanksgiving trip. My other posts are: The Golden ArchesPanoramas from the Road, and Manzanar.

Having gotten down to the Lone Pine area and the rough location of the Mobius Arch, I needed to take a scouting trip to find the actual arch, and see what else is around. This is the Alabama Hills Monster that "greets" you as you enter the area.

The Arch Trail
I wasn't sure what I'd find when I got to the parking area for the arches, but this well marked trail wasn't what I was expecting. The hike is really easy and well marked with a handful of interesting rock structures.

A Heart in the Hills
This is a zoomed in shot of a rock formation shown in the previous shot. The opening here looks like a heart from this angle, but is really more circular when facing the rock head on.

Balancing Rock
This isn't really balancing all that delicately, but I still liked the look of this rock just perched precariously on top of another rock.

This is probably how I first saw the Mobius Arch. I originally walked around it, then just happened to look up, and here it is. I like the look of the rock from this angle, but the mid-day light makes the Sierra Nevadas look very washed out behind it.

The Tree
For the better part of two hours the only thing I saw were rocks, dirt, and scrub, so when I saw this tree bursting in color, it was really a relief to the eyes. I think this was my favorite subject for this day.

Leading Lines

In All It's Glory


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