Yosemite National Park worker describes how walk turned into ordeal

MODESTO — A Central Valley woman is describing how what had started as a pleasant walk one morning earlier this month in Yosemite National Park turned into a three-day ordeal.

Jessica Rose Garcia said she decided to go for a long walk on Oct. 6 after an orientation meeting for her new job at the Wawona Hotel in the park.

Garcia, 23, told the Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/S6sbrd ) that after walking for more than three hours, she slipped on a wet rock and fell off a cliff, landing 35 feet below in a creek bed, between the cliff wall and a boulder.

"I was screaming as I fell, and I tried to grab onto something, but you can't grab onto rock," she said.

The fall broke a bone in her back and she suffered badly pulled ligaments in her right leg, Garcia told the newspaper.

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