Also unbelievable -- very high winds the other night, and fact that my tent was not flattened. Spent a good part of yesterday cleaning up the grit that got into all of my gear!
Today, thanks to some very serendipitous rides to and from the trailhead, I got a hike up to Lone Pine Lake, on the trail to the Mt. Whitney summit. The elevation at the lake is almost 10,000' (I was surprised to discover.) It was a toss-up as to whether I stopped so often to take photos due to a need to catch my breath, or from sheer amazement at the breath-taking views. Serious mountains up here!