This past weekend we headed up to Bass Lake near Yosemite for friends birthdays. The drive up wasn’t too bad, around 4 hours coming from Sylmar. The campground is huge as is the lake. There is plenty of wildlife including bears, fortunately the only animals that came to visit us were a bunch of deer and a raccoon. The weather was great, hot, but our campsite got plenty of shade once noon hit. It also made frolicking in the lake and laying out on the huge 10 person raft especially pleasant. I’m glad I decided to bring my Nikon D3300 along. I was able to capture some really special moments of my friends and some not so special moments of a wildfire that broke out over the hill.
Despite the fire we were still able to enjoy the campgrounds, reassured that the fire would not be heading our way. They did close off part of the lake I was fishing on this morning for helicopter access. By this point the lake was completely engulfed in smoke and there weren’t many people out fishing anyway. The campgrounds really are beautiful and well kept. I learned that the lake is full of pyrite when I attempted to rub sand off my feet and it left these shiny gold streaks. Millers Landing was the nearby convenience store/eatery that actually served some Starbucks coffees. I nearly fell over when I tried their pancake battered deep fried sausage dog (mouthgasm).