Happy Burger, Mariposa – Cheap grub & wifi, too

I get nothing from this endorsement…but when I like something, I promote it.

On the northeast end of Mariposa, lies a nice café. The Happy Burger is a mandatory stop for me. By the time I arrive from San Jose, via Hwy 140, I’m ready for a pit stop and food. Mariposa was once the hot spot during the gold rush days and the early Yosemite years.

This place is great. It is decorated in a ‘50’s motif. This means every inch of the walls AND ceiling are full of old record album covers.  You could spend your “wait time” and see which ones you have or remember.

There is a jukebox full of classics but it keeps playing. I have never seen anyone put money it.

They have free wifi (ask for the code) and even a house PC that you can use.

The burgers are generous and cheap. If you are vegan or just cutting down on calories, their salad bar is long and fresh.

When I head back home in the morning, I stop for their breakfast. Take a look.

breakfast plate

Breakfast at the Happy Burger

All this for $6.99. Add milk and you’re set for the long ride home. They even give Military/veteran discounts as well as seniors.

It’s on the right side as you head out of town. Well worth a stop. About an hour from the Arch Rock gate.


Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “”There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.” – Pink Floyd
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Best Half Dome TShirt coming soon – sign up now

Friends of the Big Rock:

I’ve gotten a lot of interest during the summer for a Half Dome shirt. The ones at the park …well, er, er, suck. Take a look at what they offer:


Lame Half Dome shirt #1


Another of Yosemite’s current Half Dome shirts. yawn

Several years ago I designed and had shirts made. Many of you bought them. My first batch was 77 units. Sold out…then I made another 77… I moved about 60 then it slowed to a crawl. Almost had to eat the rest. They finally went.

It just was not worth the effort and money to go back and be stuck with half a box. I recently went to the TShirt place and since it was 5 years ago, they trashed all the master stencils….to redo the minimum of 77 – over $500 cost!!!! nah.

I have had several inquiries for these shirts. Many have done the hike but did not get one back then. Now because of the trademark issue, the park cannot sell anything with the “half dome” name  & Yosemite National Park!

To get more of the “first gen shirt” it would cost in the order tf $500 to get them done.  Not on my shift!  So I’ve located an online company that can make the fronts with this image. It is the master I used.

Tshirt half dome

Note the tired skeleton sweating at the cables

Note it is the only shirt EVER that shows the cables. The others show the wall. We are not climbers – we hike the backside.

Anyway, do you want to buy one?   I need a show of hands on who might be interested. If I get enough, I’ll pursue it. No price yet.

Yay or nay??? I have a dozen interested from my Facebook page.  Please send a comment with you want one. No obligation – yet. I’ll order one myself to make sure of the quality. I’ll come up with a price – plus shipping and CA tax if you live here.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? Come on, now, I hear you’re feeling down. Well I can ease your pain. Get you on your feet again.”  – Pink Floyd
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



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B U L L E T I N Yosemite Superintendent resigning under pressure

B U L L E T I N   B U L L E T I N   B U L L E T I N   B U L L E T I N   

Effective Nov 1, Yosemite Superintendent, Don Neubacher, is leaving his post as head of the popular NPS unit. This was prompted by a Congressional hearing on sexual harassment and hostile work environments. He will be on leave immediately.

Superintendent resigning

Don Neubacher resigns as head of Yosemite National Park

A complaint by Kelly Martin, head of the fire group, said: “In Yosemite National Park today, dozens of people, the majority of whom are women, are being bullied, belittled, disenfranchised and marginalized from their roles as dedicated professionals.”

Her testimony included her records of examples and dates they occurred.  Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General are also conducting an  investigation. Martin has been in the NPS 32 years. 18 other Yosemite workers complained of a “toxic work environment.”

Further details on the management of Yosemite are forthcoming.  Neubacher has been at the park for 7 years. All this comes at a bad time – the Merced River Plan is being implemented, a new Wilderness Plan is being written, Valley road configurations are shovel ready, the Big Trees areas is being remodeled, the trademark debacle is a major concern, a new Concessionaire is on board and the President’s recent visit drew a lot of attention to the park. Whew – lots for a new person to pick up.

The Grand Canyon is also under scrutiny as well as other NPS units.

READ about the Yosemite Partners

I know Don and from my seat he’s an upstanding guy.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you’re happy where you are, then you need not look too far. If you’ve found your place at last – then you need not use the looking glass.” – Hot Smoke And Sassafras by Bubble Puppy
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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