One evening, Chris and I drove up Glacier Point Drive in Yosemite National Park to view the Meadow Fire. Our eyes adjusted to the diffused light as we walked out to Washburn Point.
A glowing fire line appeared after sunset in the forest below as the dusk sky darkened. Smoke from the fire bathed the area. From the point we could see how widespread the fire was. Chris said it is a rookie mistake when coming to a fire at nighttime, they always look worse than what they are. However, the fire was burning at 4,000 acres and was only 5% contained. (Now it is over 4,700 acres and is 85% contained.)
The air was chilly and smelled of smoke. Above us, the wide-open sky was filled with stars. A bright full moon lit the way over the rocks and up the steps as we walked back to the car ending our evening escapade.
August 15 – 17, 2014
Lyell Canyon Backpacking Trip
Total distance: 14.6 miles
*Photo courtesy of Anthony
The car brakes squealed as we came to a stop at the River Restaurant in the small village of El Portal just outside of Yosemite National Park. Jasmine, Anthony, Julia, Chris and I feasted on a scrumptious buffet breakfast before the hike.
A newbie to backpacking and camping, Jasmine asked how she was supposed to get her self-inflating Therm-a-rest pad inside her sleeping bag. (The sleeping bag goes on top of the pad.) From then on I knew it was going to be a fun trip.