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Yosemite fiire--my jacket smells like smoke

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  • Yosemite fiire--my jacket smells like smoke

    Four of us were treated to a spectacle, not a pretty one, this weekend. We said goodbye to the summer hiking season Sunday by climbing Twin Peaks (the ones at the head of Return Creek in Yosemite, near Matterhorn Peak). We left the summit a little before 1 under clear skies. The wind shifted and started blowing from the south; when we got back to camp after 3, at 10,000 feet, these were the views:

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    We were almost 25 miles as the crow flies from the Little Yosemite Valley--getting ash, sore throats and stinging eyes. Eerie, especially because the only fire we knew about was somewhere near Mariposa.
    Later, the wind shifted to blow more from the west and lightened the skies some, and then during the night it rained sporadically, so we got clear air for the hike out Monday.

    For anyone else obsessed with detail, that's Shepherd Crest in the first photo, Grey Butte in the second, Stanton Peak in the third and Excelsior Mtn on the right in the last, mostly behind the trees.

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    Rick - thanks for "taking one for the team" on this one and getting these photos. I think I prefer seeing those peaks in white though....
    Originally posted by riser3
    I heart filthy, stinky "hippies", although isn't mchin a Doctor or something like that? Hardly qualifies as a "hippie" IMHO...