Alabama Hills

Three day weekends call for adventure! And now that I am back working the 9-5, weekends are the only time to get out of town. I hadn’t been camping since our February trip to Fremont Peak State Park and was in desperate need of some nature.

We packed up the FJ and headed for the hills, the Alabama Hills.

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I absolutely love camping in the Alabama Hills. It’s hard to beat the amazing views of the eastern Sierras. We met up with a group of our best camping buddies and spent three days/two nights exploring rock formations, eating delicious dutch oven meals, and gazing up at the limitless stars.

Pet Rocks

Our friends, Pouyan and Janelle, are avid campers and have raised two of the cutest little adventurers. At 4 and 2 years old, the boys have been to more National Parks than most adults. In an attempt to raise my status to “fun Auntie Dejah”, I brought along some rocks, washable paint, and googly eyes to make pet rocks. We ended up with more paint on our clothes than on the rocks, but they were still a big hit with the littles.

Arches

You can’t go to the Alabama Hills without scoping out some of the awesome rock formations. Sean and I took the dogs on a morning hike to check out the different arches. We lucked out and had the popular Mobius Arch all to ourselves for a good 15 minutes.

Manzanar

On Monday we took a trip 10 miles north of Lone Pine to Manzanar – the site of one of ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly held during World War II. It seemed fitting to pay a visit on Memorial Day.

Star Gazing

We spent our nights looking up at the stars while eating cinnamon rolls wrapped around sticks and cooked over the campfire.

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Now to figure out how many more camping trips we can fit in before the year is over…

MAY – FILM CHALLENGE

May Photos for our FILM CHALLENGE are now posted. This month we went camping in the Alabama Hills and brought along our Canon AE-1 and Mamiya RB67 Pro S, shooting with both 35mm and 120mm film. I’ll be posting a blog about our trip soon! In the meantime, here are our favorite film photos: