2,000 Yosemite visitors stranded
Jonathan T. Lovitt
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- The National Park Service
recommends that visitors to this scenic refuge of nearly 1,200 square miles
``always include some kind of rain gear.'' How fitting.
Up to 2,000 park visitors and workers have been left stranded by roiling waters
from storms and snowmelt.
Ranger Kerry Maxwell says, ``We want to get them out as soon as we can, but
they may be in there two or three days. . . . They're just going to have to wait it
His wife, Marilyn, a nurse, is among those unreachable, though out of danger, in
cabins and lodges on higher ground.
At the Tenaya Lodge on the park's southern edge, a disappointed Madden family
watched the Sugar Bowl on TV. ``We're not really into football much,'' says
Frank Madden, 50, of Arroyo Grande, Calif. ``We've had this trip planned for six