It took me over 3 hours to climb the mountain from Congress to Yarnell, a lift of 1,990 feet in 9 miles. Yarnell is the top of a pile of rocks strewn about like some giants playground.
|That's Congress way in the background|
|This is what much of the surrounding landscape looks like|
It is a small enough community that if you don’t put the brakes on right away you would roll right out of town, and that’s all downhill. Yarnell is the site of a tragedy that occurred two years ago. 19 Hot Shots, local young firefighters that specialize in wild land fires, died fighting a blaze just over this pile of rock. For such a small community this must have been truly devastating, the emotions are still raw. I’m posting from the local internet cafe, Shear Delights.