I can hear the birds singing and the leaves rustling with the wind. Now, a blaze that began 16 days ago and is not expected to be contained for another 18 days has changed that land forever.
It's amazing how reading about this horrific fire, has sparked wonderful memories of a short vacation to visit my sister, Joan and her husband, Fred. They were living not far from Yosemite and the highlight of my visit was an excursion into the Park. A spot they had loved and wanted to share with me. The drive began with the red clay soil, and shrubbery of cactus and tumbleweed, becoming rolling hills that soon gave way to steep and winding narrow mountain roads and dense forrest on either side. It seemed as if we drove forever surrounded by lovely forestry. But then, we were at the heart of Yosemite. Looking up and seeing the massive waterfalls,
Upper yosemitefall.jpg nps.gov
being surrounded by the highest mountains and feeling so tiny in this, God's land. What a beautiful creation...
We spent the day hiking and pretending to be Ansel Adams as we photographed so many of the sights which he had made famous with his black and white photography.
We had lunch at, and toured the magnificent Ahwahneewww.yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee.aspx Hotel.
Photo from the Ahwahnee website
We saw campers and campgrounds, picnickers, hikers, climbers, photographers, artists, people reading, people meditating, all breathing in the fresh air and the wonderment of this heavenly vista.
El Capitan.jpg jspencerv.blogspot.com
Let's hope the fire can be extinguished soon, so future generations can enjoy the majestic sites as I had seen them.