Our visit to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Reno has been a vacation of endurance. Arriving in Yosemite National Park to visit our son and his fiancé, firefighters used natural barriers of granite walls to help contain 4,500 fire affected acres. Yosemite has backbone!
Yosemite has withstood fires for thousands of years. It is the land of true grit!
In fact, some pine cones need fire to pluck their seeds because the seeds cannot germinate unless a fire burns away the outer part of the cone. These pines have spunk!
Quaking Aspens in Lake Tahoe endure carvings in their beautiful bark. Yet, they are always watching persistently! There was a huge fire in Tahoe, too. We couldn’t see the lake until the next day because of all the smoke. Then, on to Reno where it looked like the beginning of a nice day from our hotel window.
Later that day, another giant fire spread smoke into Reno. This is the same view out of our hotel window. Will Reno endure?
The smoke filled our lungs and burnt our eyes. It was impossible to venture outdoors. Resigned to the casinos, WE ENDURED!