25. November 2014

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Expansion of John Muir National Historic Site

George Miller is U.S. Representative for California’s 11th congressional district. He has seniority, having been reelected for over 30 years. He’s a Republican representing the Martinez, CA area.

If you recall, that is where John Muir home is located.  Miller has introduced what should be a rubber stamp bill. It is to expand the John Muir National Historic Site by 44 acres.

Sign sh owing John Muir's background

John Muir’s Legacy

This land is being donated and unless there are substantial negatives, it should go through. I’ve been to the site and on one side are town buildings and to the other hills. There was no word as to what the land would be used for. Muir had a farm there, but he seemed to always be on the road.

The result would be that the Secretary of the Interior could legally take possession to the land. The site is currently managed by the National Park Service.  The house is 10,000 sq ft and was built in 1882.

Muir used a bedroom as his office and he called it his Scribble Den. His wife died in 1905, and Muir in 1914. Their two daughters, Wanda and Helen, later sold the house. NPS has controlled …

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22. November 2014

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Three Dimensional images of Yosemite available

The California State Library is making 3D images available to the public. OK, these are not the whizzy kind that modern devices produce.

These are similar to the old 2-picture hand held viewers that they used in the 1800’s. The 2 photos are side by side and taken a tad off to the right/left. When viewed by each eye , they had depth.

LIberty cap photo converted to 3D

Got your 3D glasses? Liberty Cap

These photos being converted and each side are tinted to create a unique image. Use the red/green plastic glasses to see them in 3D. Just like the sci-fi movies of the 50’s. Some theaters actually use this passive technique to show modern movies.

I can’t stand it since it reduces the color on the screen. I can see the movie better with my naked eyes. Available 3D olde tyme pix of Yosemite and other neat scenes can be found at the CA State Library, in Sacramento.

If you want even more info hit the creator, Phereo via their website.

Unrelated thought worth quoting:Now it’s been ten thousand years, man has cried a billion tears. For what, he never knew, now man’s reign is through. But through eternal night,

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21. November 2014

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Road crews done at Yosemite – for now

The impending winter season is creeping up on Yosemite. With that in mind, the road crews are packing up and heading to Florida. It’s just a pain in the tush to keep dodging snow storms off and on.

The Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot is now open. A little sloggy, but go for it and see the big tress. Not as many as Wawona, but very impressive and closer to the valley.

The Merced Grove is open and is very neat. A 45-minute walk off the Big Oak Flat Road to see about 20 of them. Easy to see them on the way in and save time.

Merced Grove with men in front of large tree

Brother Rocky & son Nick at Merced Grove

The Tioga Road will also be left alone until the spring. So crank up the jeep and head to the park. SLOW down – the bears are still working.

Our friends at DNC are hosting a Thanksgiving  feed at the Curry Village Pavilion on Thursday, November 27th. All Yosemite community members are welcome to attend – only $5. Not open to the general public, but if you do a lot for the park and think of yourself as “community” go for it.

Unrelated thought worth quoting:

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