An Evening Escapade

September 9, 2014

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.

Looking down from Washburn Point at dusk.  Lots of smoke
The granite sea before us shone in the moonlight.

A glowing fire line appeared after sunset in the forest below as the dusk sky darkened.  Smoke 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.  (At the writing of this post it is over 4,700 acres and is 85% contained.)

The smoky air was chilly.  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.

A full moon.
A full moon.

 

Roses, Buds, and Thorns

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.

My nephew, Anthony, an Architectural Designer for an Orange County firm.
My nephew, Anthony. An Architectural Designer for an Orange County firm.

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.

My niece, Jasmine.  Currently a YWCA Case Manager and a Travel Specialist, and is considering joining the Peace Corps.
My niece, Jasmine. Currently a YWCA Case Manager and a Travel Specialist. She is considering joining the Peace Corps.*

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“What else is there to do in life but Hike?”

July 24, 2014
Upper Cathedral Lake
Total distance: 7 miles

Years ago I was asked where my favorite place was in Yosemite National Park.  Cathedral Lakes was my answer.  Today’s hike was affirmation of that response.

The posted notice stated that the lightening caused fire near the trail was contained.
The posted notice stated that the lightning caused fire near the trail was contained.

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