This afternoon as I ate lunch with a group of friends visiting from Japan on the Dana Plateau, we suddenly noticed a mushroom cloud of smoke rising over Cathedral Peak in Yosemite. To my dismay, I quickly realized the fire was in the direction of my home in Midpines. Luckily the fire turned out to be east of where I live, but many of my friends in the El Portal area are in threatened areas. I had a long ride home from Tuolumne Meadows as Highway 140 was closed and I drove around to Mariposa via Coulterville. Photos are below and I'll keep you posted on the fire's status. Let's hope we don't have a repeat of the Telegraph Fire of 2008.
And stay tuned for an entry on the amazing day we had on the Dana Plateau!