There's an Oprah in our midst

In a national park loaded with unusual and fascinating sights, people camping in Yosemite earlier this month saw an unusual sight in the form of ... Oprah Winfrey?!?!?

In the park in early October to film two shows based on her experiences in the park, the media megastar and her friend spent two days and one night in and around Yosemite Valley, according to Donna Sisson, the branch chief for public involvement and outreach.

The shows are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 1.

According to Sisson, Oprah and her pal, Gayle King, met with popular Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, who squired them through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Tunnel View, and to Lower Pines Campground, where the two friends set up their pop-up camper for the night.

Ranger Johnson returned in the evening as Elizy Boman – a Buffalo Soldier protecting Yosemite at the turn of the century - and did a campfire chat for Oprah, Gayle, and some rather surprised and excited fellow Lower Pines campers.

The trip concluded the following day with a mule ride and guided fly fishing along the Merced River. Of course multiple camera and production crew members were along for every step of the journey.

But wait! There's more!

On Thursday, October 14, Shelton and other invited guests joined the studio audience in Chicago for a taping of the two-part Oprah camping show.

The entire stage set had been transformed into Oprah's Lower Pines campsite, complete with pop-up camper, fire circle, and Half Dome backdrop.