22. November 2014


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


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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20. November 2014


Refunds to NPS for shut down last year

Signage for Yosemite being closed

October 2013 Yosemite is closed

Remember last October (2013) when the National Parks put everyone but security on vacation?  Er…ready standby. You know, the GREAT sequester (a word I don’t use very often). We could not get in….legally. All a big political maneuver.

Life went on and many of the states provided monies to several to keep their local economies running.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced Bill S. 2104. This would require the Director of the National Park Service to refund to States all State funds that were used to reopen and temporarily operate a unit of the National Park System during the shutdown.  The bill would require the payment of a total of about $2 million.  Manna from heaven!

Seemed to me like a good deal for rangers. They could actually take a maui trip during the period and stillage paid. Just get back when told. Nice.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” – John Muir

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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