Half Dome Guide Book helping hikers get to the top

I get inquiries on how my book is doing.  We’ve sold over 12,000 copies since it rolled out in 2007.  The 2nd Edition includes a ton more photos and text – lots of anecdotes and a killer appendix. Here are the Amazon stats.    About $12 on Amazon.



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Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered ’round. And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found. The head nurse spoke up and she said leave this one alone. She could tell right away, that I was bad to the bone.” – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
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Historic House in San Francisco honors Half Dome

For Half Dome die–hards, I found another place to Ooooo and Ahhhh.  If you are near San Francisco, you may want to take a hour and tour the Haas-Lilienthal House It contains a lot of the history of the Jewish Community in San Francisco.

Of note to us are stained-glass windows depicting Moses carrying the Ten Commandments down from Yosemite’s Half Dome!!!  The point was to show California as the new Promised Land.

two 1911 people in San Francisco

Bertha and William Haas

Jews arrived with the Gold Rush in 1849,and starting major businesses and civic institutions, and serving in government. William Haas founded a grocery business. He was on the board of Wells Fargo, and also was president of Mount Zion, the city’s first Jewish hospital.

After they passed away a family member, Alice Haas Lilienthal, lived there until her death in 1972.

The house is open to the public and is at 2007 Franklin St, It’s a 26-story building that today contains doctor’s offices. Built in 1926, it is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It’s open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

If you are able to go, give us your feedback.

For more info, see their site.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: A waste of 6 seconds:  Clerk to customer: ”How are you?”  Customer: “Fine thanks; and you?”  Clerk: “I’m good, thank you.”   Who cares?  What happened to “Hi” – Hi?” My reply:  “I’m not doing unwell.”
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Yosemite changing road patterns Sep 5 – be aware!

Cars on road

Getting around Yosemite is going to be a bit different.

On Sept 6 you will no longer be able to park in the Village Day-Use Parking Area. This is to QUOTE “improve parking and traffic circulation” UNQUOTE

To begin to implement the Merced River Plan, be aware of these changes: Sentinel Drive will be closed at the Sentinel Parking Area. Northside and Southside Drives will become two-way roads at the El Capitan Crossover.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “No stop signs, speed limit. Nobody’s gonna slow me down, like a wheel, gonna spin it. Nobody’s gonna mess me around. Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell.” – AC/DC
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