This past weekend, Danny and I headed to Yosemite for the annual work retreat with his co-workers. We had been last year, so were really excited to go back! Upon arrival, however, we learned that there was a fire and the smoke conditions were not the best. We tried to take a walk the first night, but had to turn back after a few minutes because our lung and eyes hurt too much.
We had heard that the smoke was settling in the valley during the night, so we decided to wake up super early and catch the sunrise at Glacier Point the next morning. We woke up at 5am and began the drive. When we arrived, there was only one other person and the view was amazing!
We attempted to walk up a path to catch the end of the sunrise from a different angle, but we stumbled upon a little bear friend! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared at first, because I was! Can’t say I’ve ever seen a bear in the wild before!
She didn’t seem interested in us, but we decided to head back to the car and drive to the next spot instead of walking around her. When we got to Glacier Point, we could really see the smoky conditions in the valley.
The smoke was starting to rise to our level, so we cancelled our planned hike and decided to head down into the valley to get underneath the smoke. We had biked the valley last year, so we knew what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting such a drastic change in the water levels from last year. It was sad to see the effects of the drought in full effect on the river levels. I can’t imagine what the park will look like if it continues, but despite this, it was still breathtaking.
The next day, we packed our things from the cabin and drove to Tuolomne Grove for a quick hike before we drove home. We tried to stop at the iconic view at the tunnel in the valley, but it was so smoky you could barely see anything!
The hike through the grove was a short 2 mile journey and the perfect end to our weekend.