June 21, 2017
Total distance walked: 2.20 miles
The first day of summer saw the mercury hit triple digits, a scorching 104 degrees. Chris came up with a perfect plan to beat the heat: head to Yosemite and hike to Sentinel Dome, then have a picnic at Glacier Point. At 8,000 feet, that area of Yosemite was bound to be cooler than home.
We wound our way up the road and spotted a black plume of smoke rising above the trees and wafting over the forest. Traffic came to a stand still, so I turned off the car. Little black ashes drifted in through the open windows. Chris—who has extinguished many types of fire— guessed that it was a car fire. We couldn’t see the blaze but heard popping sounds and thunderous grenade-like booms. He explained that the sounds could be breaking glass, exploding car tires or bursting compressed cylinders. Continue reading