Tuesday, September 3, 2013

And the Ash, Ash, Ash, Came Down, Down, Down

 
When we entered Yosemite National Park on Friday morning, this is the scene that greeted us:
 
 
Lovely blue skies and those breathtaking views that we've grown accustomed to seeing over the past several years.  Had a lovely walk down by the river, good conversation with friends who are like family, and felt at peace watching the boys frolic about. 
 
Twenty four hours later, we drove out of the park and the scene looked like this:
 
No, that isn't fog.  It is haze from the smoke and ash that blew in and settled in the valley, driving us from our idyll...

In the face of our own disappointment and that of the boys who had been looking forward to this weekend since we broke camp last year, we decided to make an impromptu drive to Disneyland instead of admitting defeat and coming home.  That would have been just too depressing.  On the plus side, on the way out, we were treated to this sight:

Momma and baby bear were just awesome.  Far enough away to pose no danger, close enough to thrill...

 
Forgive the poor video quality, but all I had was my smart phone and it doesn't zoom...
 
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We had a great, if exhausting, day at the happiest place on earth and then hit the road to get home by the wee hours of Monday morning.  All in all, this was a weekend we will never forget.  It turned out to be quite lovely...


 




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