Rainbow in Yosemite Falls

This was the scene driving in to work this morning, and I had to pull over and get a quick picture. With the warm temperatures, the falls are flowing and in the morning the spray is lit with rainbow colors. It’s just a matter of finding the right angle. This picture was taken around 8:15am … Read more

Yosemite Snowfall

North Dome and Merced River OK, it’s taken a while, but I promised Tom I’d put some pics up of the recent snowfall here in Yosemite. It was amazing, to say the least, and I showed up a bit late more than once because I wanted to walk to work the long way and take … Read more

Storm clearing on Election Day

It’s been a day full of celebration. This morning Tom and I woke in Yosemite West to a fresh dusting of snow on the ground. It seems like autumn was still just winding down, and here, suddenly was winter. We trade one kind of beauty for another quickly this year. We grabbed cameras and ran … Read more

Tioga Pass closing for Storm

Another year has gone by and I’ve spent far too little time in the high country and on the East Side, so it’s sad to hear these announcements and think that this may be it for the year.  I’ve become enough of a Califonrian, it seems, that the first colder rains of the season make … Read more

Field Trip to the Dump

It may not sound like the greatest field-trip destination, but the Mariposa County dump is a fascinating place to visit. People say things like “Americans throw away 1460 pounds of solid trash each year” (Annenberg Foundation) which is a big number but seeing the volume with your own eyes really makes that number something real. … Read more

Curry Village Rock Slide

Just a quick note to let you know that we are OK. There was a fairly substantial rock slide at Curry Village yesterday, and another this morning just before 7 am. Fortunately, there are only minor injuries being reported at this time. Although the guest cabins at Curry Village have been evacuated as a precaution, … Read more

post fire thoughts

The Deputy Superintendent of Yosemite, Kevin Cann, came to speak at the Senior Manager’s Meeting this morning about the Telegraph Fire. I’d been following the fire pretty closely, so I didn’t learn too much about the details of the fire, but there were a couple of things that I found interesting – in no particular … Read more

Yosemite Fire Updates

Good news from this afternoon’s DNC briefing… 1. Power is on in El Portal and Yosemite West and they expect to have power in the Valley by 8pm tonight, with the possibility of permanent power (rerouting lines around the burn area). This means that it wasn’t a totally stupid thing to take things out of … Read more