I've been in the dark and off-line for days due to high winds causing our electric company to turn off power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the state. When the power comes back on, my Internet, phone, and TV provider take an additional day or two to get up and running.
Do you know how hard it is to get ready for a quilting retreat when the power is off? I have 35 quilters arriving tomorrow for a 4-day retreat.......and the power is going to be turned off again today and may be off until Tuesday!
One of the quilters, Deborah, arrived from Michigan on Wednesday. We packed her up and headed to Yosemite for the day on Thursday. The air was clear and the sky was blue. It is so much fun for us to take someone to Yosemite who has never been there before. We have had the BEST time together! We feel as though we've known her for years.
The view goes on for miles, and miles.....
I can't wrap my head around the fact that Yosemite was carved out by a glacier over thousands of years.
This is Mazey's fifth or sixth visit to the park. She loves it too.
The reflection of El Capitan was quite impressive on the Merced River.
Look very closely in the middle of this picture and you will see a bear.
Signs like this one were all through the park. Deborah is just so fierce! She had us shaking in our boots!
Today, Deborah and I are going to be cooking and baking. We are turning Wilder's Last Resort into a soup kitchen tomorrow for the quilters. If the power is off when they arrive, they will be greeted by a town completely shut down. The grocery store, bank, restaurants, and just about everything is impacted by the power outage. We have a generator which we turn on in the early morning and evening. We use the propane sparingly so we don't run out......since the gas company will not be open either.
Snowflake Lodge, the location for my retreat, is bending over backwards to make the retreat a success. They are bringing in extra generators to power up the kitchen and our quilting space. I couldn't be more thankful to their attention to detail. We will have some restrictions which include no use of little, personal irons. We will also have to stop quilting shortly after dinner instead of our 9pm stop time. If we are lucky, the power will be back on by Tuesday. In the meantime, we will be warm, well-fed, and in the pleasant company of quilters.
I will try to touch base with you again just as soon as I can.