The chase for fall colors / by Phu Qui Nguyen

I didn't grow up in a town with 4 seasons.  Basically in southern California, we have hot, less hot, and lukewarm.  Some evenings get chilly, but I've had others (from out of state) visit during wintertime in their T-shirt and shorts.  So we often have to go elsewhere to chase the seasonal appearances.  This time, we found ourselves in Alabama Hills, located in Lone Pine, CA.  It's an out-of this-world rock haven.  Even though it was a busy weekend, camping spots could still be found whereas I've found trouble getting a space in Joshua tree if I didn't show up Friday mid day.  Spaces are spread out and we were able to have a whole corner rock stack to ourselves with the best views of the Sierras.  We journeyed through the Mammoth Lakes, hiked up the Mt. Whitney trail, dipped into the Lone Pine Lake and took the smokey views of fires in Lion Meadows Trail.  It's the best to explore for change in seasons at the moment.  The colors are the most vibrant in the season before the leaves start to descend.  Don't wait, the time is now!

Stupid tent blocking the Sierras, Oct 2017

Stupid tent blocking the Sierras, Oct 2017

Bama Hills, Oct 2017

Bama Hills, Oct 2017

Silver Lake, Oct 2017

Silver Lake, Oct 2017

Around Mammoth Lakes, Oct 2017

Around Mammoth Lakes, Oct 2017

Lone Pine, Mount Whitney Trail, Oct 2017

Lone Pine, Mount Whitney Trail, Oct 2017

The view toward Lion Meadow Trail.

The view toward Lion Meadow Trail.