As readers of this blog know, Nancy and I travel to Yosemite National Park every winter. We began this in 2000 when we stumbled on what was called then “Chef’s Holidays” but is now called Taste of Yosemite.
It’s a magical time as we avoid the gridlock that happens most of the year but it’s also terrific for Nancy who attends several cooking demonstrations (and Tom who gets to eat the recipes she brings home).
We also enjoy hiking the valley floor and taking pictures of what we see. But several of the last few years we’ve been concerned over the effect of climate change and this year was no exception.
I recognize that many of you who read this blog live in areas that would love warmer temperatures in the winter but that misses the point. Yosemite thrives on a weather pattern that is not affected by human interference. This year we heard the sound of chainsaws and learned that hundreds (perhaps thousands) of trees were cut down as a result of drought and infestation of bark beetles.
Climate change harms all of us, but not right away and not all at once. We who love Yosemite and other national parks fear that the things that make these places magical are in danger. In addition to drought and beetle infestation, Yosemite has also endured fires that scar it for decades.
We pray that 2019 is more like 2017.