Dan's Outside

I go, I see, I do, I walk, I think, I like…

Smoke. Everywhere.

I escaped the worst of the awful smoke that covers vast portions of California this week by spending some time at near 10,000′ in the Yosemite backcountry. The smoke affected the views even that high, but it was much worse at lower elevations – as I discovered on my drive home last night.

California Wildfire Smoke and Yosemite Forest. Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, California. July 10, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

And it only got worse as I continued my descent into the Central Valley. At one point it was so awful that – for the first time in my experience – the smoky pall actually made the sun disappear.

July 11, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Environment, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite | 2 Comments


%d bloggers like this: