Define Irony: On the calendar day marked “First Day of Spring” Camp Wawona receives the heaviest snow of the year, about three feet in 24 hours. Throughout the night, trees could be heard crashing to the ground under the weight of fast falling and heavy “Sierra Cement.” Two trees adjacent to the cafeteria succumbed to the snow but fell away from the building, only damaging a historic wagon.
Staff pulled together to clear the waist-deep white stuff form porches and roads in preparation for a weekend group of an estimated 100 people. Although power is out across the region, Director of Operations Anthony Handal is fighting to keep CW’s two historic generators in operation and supplying the facilities with enough power to continue functioning. Early PG&E estimates put power restoration nearly a week away.
With another large storm scheduled to hit before the weekend, staff are preparing for another set of long days to make sure camp stays open and safe.