Traveling from Bridgeport south to the little town of Lone Pine the Sierras towered off to the west. We kept expecting them to run out. Lone Pine turned out to be a two night stop. We drove just out of town to the west and climbed into the Alabama Hills spread out below Mount Whitney. Turns out the Alabama Hills were discovered by Hollywood years ago and have been used for movies regularly. It seems that the Lone Ranger rode out of these hills during his weekly opening. We enjoyed painting and hiking.
Ran in to our first barrel cactus in the area. Fun to see and amazing that we could see 14000' high mountains at the same time. We never did actually see the very top of Mount Whitney due to constant cloud cover.