El Capitan Collapse - Yosemite National Park, California

Last September, I met with Mike Louthan in Reno before a Jeff Clow Mono Lake Photo Tour, and we spent a few days in Lake Tahoe and then Yosemite National Park. Yosemite might be my favorite location in the US. We had rented an AirBnb that was near Tunnel View and when we passed it on our way to check in, we decided to pull into the parking lot and take a look. As you can see in the photo, there was a cloud of smoke rising from the valley floor. I asked someone what was going on and he informed me that there was a small fire near El Capitan. We later found out that there was no fire, rather a large chunk of rock had broken off the formation and fell to the ground. On the previous day it had happened also, but that one was described as a small flake. The size of the one we almost saw was the size of an apartment building. There was so much concern in the park that the Park Service closed a large portion of the Northside Loop the next day, causing Yosemite's already bad traffic to become horrific. The loop is one-way and on Friday, it became two-ways with very little signage. Thankfully it was back to normal the very next day.