Experiencing Yosemite Valley During the Rim Fire
Months before the Rim Fire was sparked in California’s Sierra Nevada, my husband and I booked a campsite in the Yosemite Valley, as we do every summer. While the fourth largest wildfire in California history has been burning on the northwest outskirts of the park, the valley floor – home to the famous waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs -- has been untouched. On Friday, we decided to make our way to our campsite for Labor Day weekend.
The wildfire, has shut down Highway 120, the common route from the San Francisco Bay Area to the northwestern entrance of Yosemite. This photo shows the gate where we usually enter the park.