Saturday, October 2 through Monday, October 4th

by William Bossen Photography

My brother Michael lives in San Francisco and had planned a backpacking trip in Yosemite, a National Park he frequents when he needs a good healthy dose of nature. Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias. The two of us completed a trip two years ago in August with perfect weather conditions in the far North East back country of the park that involved several ascents and descents over the many high peaks that comprise Yosemite.  The current trip that he, Will, and I were about to embark upon  was a bit more leisure, only 3 days instead of 5, and involved descending into a deep valley of steely granite stone carved by the power of ancient glaciers and decorated with rich pine and quaking aspen.  The meadow floor was spotted in rusting ferns and Juniper trees donning their icy blue berries.  The three days and two nights were not as “mellow” as we had expected, although still delightful.  The rangers predicted a 20 percent chance of rain and maybe hail, thunder, and lightening.  We had it all and even ran into two Brown Bears, a mother and her cub. Needless to say, this was one of the most beautiful and wet trips I have ever completed with the most dramatic thunder and lightning I have ever experienced in nature.  When thunder echo’s through a granite canyon the sound is amplified enormously and seems to roll off the face of the rocks and bounce endlessly on and on until it finally fades down a lost ravine and buries itself in the sand.

We all made it out safely, pushing hard the last day to get out of the increasingly “unpleasant” weather which, as we reached the car on Monday around 2:30 pm turned into sheets of icy hail, snow, and road closures throughout the park.  Always and Adventure!