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We're back from a short trip in the Ansel Adams Wilderness east of Yosemite, where we started in sparkling clean air, and were quickly introduced to the smoke from the Rim Fire.  This is a steep hike up out of Walker Lake...but there are some great views on the way up, and a nice creek to follow.  We stopped at Lower Sardine Lake because we found a nice campsite on the West shore...and we weren't sure there were going to be any better ones at Upper Sardine.  And it was lovely.  

Here's a shot of what it looked like before the smoke arrived:  



And here is what it looked like a few hours later...when the smoke from the Rim Fire blew in on a westerly gale.



The next day we decided to day hike up to Mono Pass, where we were tourists through the old mines...



And then we headed home a bit early, thinking that it would be good to breathe some clean air...but the trip was still a wonderful adventure.  Here is a link to the full photo set:

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Doesn't look too bad. Reno was worse, getting the smoke from a couple of fires at once. Was smokey there even before the Rim Fire because of the Forest Hill fire.

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No doubt that Reno was bad.  Sonora Pass on the way over was brutal, but not nearly so bad on the way back.

On the other hand, hiking at over 10,000 feet and trying to breathe in that smoke wasn't much fun.


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I enjoyed your photos, Balzaccom. I had wondered for a long time what the country looked like in that area, and it's awesome.

Too bad about the smoke you had for a while. Like Don, I live in Reno and we have been smothered in smoke off and on for 3 weeks. I escaped the smoke the weekend before last and went to Yosemite for 3 days of crystal clear air. I had originally planned on the Desolation Wilderness near Tahoe, but it was choked in smoke. I checked Yosemite web cams and satellite weather maps that show smoke, and  Yosemite looked like the place to be.

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Its too bad that the smoke ruined your trip. Lets hope that this fall will make up for the miserable last half of the summer, hiking wise.
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It didn't ruin the trip---as I said, it was still a great adventure.  But if the air had been clearer/cleaner we might have stayed another day or two,and explored even more...

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