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Moon above the lower 48

Near full moon over the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. This was the last night of my Sierra trek this summer and it did not disappoint. Some smoke in the distance in what I think is Kern Canyon, but clear skies above. Mars is also pretty big in this shot. The distant light pollution likely is coming from Bakersfield in the SSW.


My tent was 30 feet from the summit while several other hikers spent the night in the small publicly accessible room in the summit shelter. 30 summers ago I spent my first night up on this peak, also in a tent, so I wasn't going to smell somebody else's socks this time around either.


Mile 0 of the John Muir Trail, which officially begins right here, but it also is the highest point of it. I prefer to end my trip with this treat of a place as the grand finale. It also is easier on the lungs after 200 miles at altitude.

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Taken on August 22, 2018