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Recipe for a Poor Night's Sleep

Plan a photography trip to Yosemite Valley. A couple days beforehand, realize that the weather is going to be “interesting” and that camping is not going to be a really wonderful idea. “Upgrade” to a Curry Village “tent cabin, unheated” – hey, it is cheap! Spend Saturday photographing (the wonderful fall colors) in the rain. Check in to your “tent cabin, unheated” and get yourself snug just as the rain starts. The rain increases until it is more or less pouring. The wind begins to rise.

The “tent cabin, unheated” is reasonably snug and dry, but soon you remember news stories about boulders from a rockslide that crashed into Curry Village a few weeks ago, crunching an unoccupied cabin or two. The rain increases. The wind strengthens.

Suddenly there is a loud clap of thunder. Followed by the sound a large rocks and boulders crashing down from the cliffs above.

More thunder. Several times during the night you hear more boulders coming off the cliff. You wonder whether anyone has reconsidered the wisdom of locating Curry Village right beneath this cliff.

Just sayin’.


November 3, 2008 - Posted by | Commentary


  1. You could have stayed in the Ahwahnee, where civilized photographers sleep ;^p

    Comment by Tom Clifton | November 3, 2008

  2. Actually, I had a similar nights sleep in the Grand Canyon. I spent the night listening to the rain on the tent and rocks crashing down the canyon walls. It didn’t help that we were camping next to a dry wash.

    Comment by Tom Clifton | November 3, 2008

  3. Tom, you have that wrong. The Ahwahnee is where RICH photographers stay! :-)

    Comment by Dan Mitchell | November 3, 2008

  4. Either option explains why I have never stayed there.

    Comment by Tom Clifton | November 3, 2008

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