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[Yosemite National Park, June 10, 2011]
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We were determined to reach the observation bridge near the base of Yosemite Falls, so we pressed on.
We were guided by the roar of thousands of gallons of water crashing every second on the rocks below. Normal conversation was not possible.
The Lower Fall came into view, and we could see the rising mist.
The “mist” was a furious deluge of freezing snowmelt that began its descent from the Upper Fall, 2,500 feet above. As we neared the Lower Fall, we were soaked.
The runoff created a river of whitewater (lower right).
It is little wonder that 12 to 15 people are killed in Yosemite every year. The historic snowmelt has already killed two tourists.
Under the circumstances we observed in Yosemite, an accidental fall into the roiling water would result in death by drowning or blunt force trauma.
The power of the current, the depth of the water, and the presence of jagged rocks are a lethal combination.
This is the last in the series. Thank you for your interest and, as always, thanks for stopping by!
(I am on the road for two weeks and will not always have Internet. I will catch up with your pix eventually!)
Also by Richard Knight
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