On my first set of days off, I decided to go down to Lone Pine and check out the film museum. I totally geeked out to see the Tremors puppets. This was one of my favorite movies growing up. I also took a drive up the Mt. Whitney Portal. It was absolutely stunning up there. The Pine trees are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The view alone was crazy too. It was amazing looking down into the valley and seeing how small Independence is. I look forward to hiking Mt. Whitney at some point this summer. There are just so many amazing things to see and do around these parts. Although I feel isolated in Independence, a town of only 600 people, there are many great outdoorsy things to do in every direction.