Sunday, April 15, 2012
Just 200 miles north of Los Angeles you can enjoy wondrous rock formations and recall historical motion picture moments.
More than 400 movies and hundreds of television episodes have been shot in the Alabama Hills, located just west of Lone Pine, California. From Fatty Arbuckle to Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Humphrey Bogart, and, more recently, Robert Downey, Jr., Hollywood stars have been coming to the Alabama Hills.
The Alabama Hills are a golden-brown wonderland of rounded hills and twisted rock formations created by faulting.
I did have an extremely embarrassing experience while visiting the Alabama Hills Rock formations. It was one of those things you can laugh about after the fact.
We arrived to Lone Pine and immediately followed our hiking hearts to the Alabama Hills Rocks. We did just a little bit of bouldering when I ripped the back of my pants from the very top of one side all the way to my knees. My entire rear was exposed and I was not laughing. I was trying to hold the two ripped edges together as best as I could, but I wanted to crawl under a rock. The folks with me were great about it. Now I just think is it too funny for words.
Lesson learned: Try wear rip resistant pants when you go hiking near boulders!
This formation resembles a heart
Mount Whitney in the background
I really enjoyed and laughed my head off on the driving tour after I changed my pants. I Would love to go back and finish the hike though.
We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe & Bakery. The portions were generous, food was delicious, service superb and the walls were beautifully painted by a local artist named Elton.
We also went to a burger joint that was delicious with a great menu. There were signed photographs everywhere of celebrities who had visited.