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The fires in California this summer are devastating.  The whole state seems to be ablaze. So many fire fighters are doing their best against the many raging infernos, but full containment is elusive.  Lives have been lost, not to mention houses and other structures destroyed.  Countless communities are on edge, either under evacuation orders or nervously watching the fires approach.

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No fires are close to me.  Thank goodness. Smoke is invading Bakersfield’s atmosphere and creating bad air days, but the actual blazes are not just down my road. For me, the fire that most worries me is the Ferguson Fire, raging near Yosemite National Park.  That fire has been burning for about a month and is about 82% contained.  Yosemite Valley and other parts of the park have been closed for over a week but are scheduled to re-open to visitors in a couple of days.  Of course, getting back to normal will take much longer—and the burned areas may only recover years from now.

To try to ease my worries about Yosemite, I reviewed photos from my visit about this time last year (August 2017).  The drive through the Valley was as incredible as ever.

Driving in from Wawona to take a tour through Yosemite Valley.

I always love the view of Cloud’s Rest, coming out of Tunnel View.

It was great to drive along the Merced River, finding places to stop and relax.


The Merced River was delightfully raging at spots.  A holdover from the previous year’s rain.



Let’s hope this year’s fires do not actually destroy this wonderful national park.  But more importantly, let’s pray all the fires are contained soon and further losses are minimized and the fire fighters and other front-line personnel are praised and thanked for all they do.

Comments on: "Memories of Summer: Yosemite Valley (2017)" (6)

  1. The fires that westerners regularly encounter are so much part of your life, it’s hard for we non-westerners to imagine. Yet, when I’ve been out west, the dryness is beyond obvious. Strength to all.

    • Thanks. Strength is needed. We do have a typical fire season, but each year–over the last several–has just gotten worse and worse. Some are started by arson, which just makes everything worse. But the hotter days and drier climate exasperates everything. I can only conclude that global warming is a huge contributing factor, especially given the extreme crazy weather everywhere this year.

      • My husband, a retired firefighter, says the typical fire season is much earlier nowadays than it used to be. Fire season used to start in September/October when the thunderstorms would ignite wild fires. Now we see raging fires beginning in July. I think this state is so dry due to years of drought that when summer arrives, it’s a tinderbox ready to explode.

      • You husband is so right–the fires seem to start earlier and earlier, and that has been since the drought. Sad situation. Tinderbox is right!

  2. Lovely photos, as usual. I haven’t been in the park for weeks. I’m curious to take Highway 140 in (our normal way in). I hear that area has been really badly burned.

    • I am sad to think about the damage that has been done in the area–across the state!–from all the fires. Especially disheartening to think the fire damage will be close to the park. I love that drive in on 140.

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