Wildfire in Yosemite

After a chilly night above Mammoth Lakes, we drove down back to the valley and kept going North towards the beautiful scenery of Yosemite National Park, a paradise for rock climbing and hiking, where the granite cliffs dive into clear lakes shadowed with old pine trees. Most of the park is above 2500 meters.

We spent half a day driving across the park, enjoyed a breakfast near a lake of crystal clear water, and started going down towards the coast. As we were following Tioga Pass Road, we ran into a wild fire that was carefully controlled by tens of firemen and rangers. Very impressive.

We both wished we could have stayed longer, but we had to be in San Francisco before Monday since Xavier was starting work at the French Lycée on Monday. So we kept driving west across the orchards, stopped for lunch in a field of almond trees, and arrived near Oakland by the middle of the afternoon to join a traffic jam at the entrance of Bay Bridge.