An Evening Escapade

September 9, 2014

One evening, Chris and I drove up Glacier Point Drive in Yosemite National Park to view the Meadow Fire.  Our eyes adjusted to the diffused light as we walked out to Washburn Point.

Looking down from Washburn Point at dusk.  Lots of smoke
The granite sea before us shone in the moonlight.

A glowing fire line appeared after sunset in the forest below as the dusk sky darkened.  Smoke bathed the area.  From the point, we could see how widespread the fire was.  Chris said it is a rookie mistake when coming to a fire at nighttime, they always look worse than what they are.  However, the fire was burning at 4,000 acres and was only 5% contained.  (At the writing of this post it burned over 4,700 acres and was 85% contained.) The smoky air was chilly.  Above us, the wide-open sky was filled with stars.  A bright full moon lit the way over the rocks and up the steps as we walked back to the car ending our evening escapade.

A full moon.
A full moon.