30. October 2014


Casey Nocket of New York identified as the person suspected of defacing National Parks

For reasons unknown, Ms. Nocket, 21, decided to paint on rocks at eight National Parks, including Yosemite. Others include: Rocky Mountain National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Most were stylized faces of women. She posted her work on her Instagram site, which made it easy to track her down. She wrote: “It’s art, not vandalism, I am an artist.” She will probably be charged with a felony – that is if she is not given a blanket party first.

She posted under the odd name of “Creepytings” – whatever that is supposed to mean. The work at Yosemite has been removed already. This story reminds me of the petroglyphs that were sawed out on the Eastern Sierra slope, not that long ago.

What is with it? Are we a nation with a disproportionate allotment of twits?

If you know her or see her, call the cops. Then organize that blanket party.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Now when you’re feelin’ low and the fish won’t bite. You need a little bit o’ soul to put you right. You gotta make like you wanna kneel and pray. And then a little bit of

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29. October 2014

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Yosemite’s Ostrander Ski Hut lottery is now on

The lottery for the Yosemite winter Ostrander Ski Hut is now open. You need to apply by 5 p.m. on November 19. You can cross-country ski or snowshoe to get there. It is off the Glacier Point road. Park at Badger Pass ski area.

Lottery for Ostrander Ski Hut  is open now

Ostrander Ski Hut

You have to bring all you need. Food, sleeping bag, etc. Cost is $35 Mon.-Thurs. and $55 Fri.-Sun. Yosemite Conservancy members get $10 knocked off.

10 miles is pretty hefty and they say to be prepared to spend the night along the way if you can’t make it…ugh and brrrr.

For more info.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I hate winter.” – Mr Half Dome

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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26. October 2014


More on Yosemite bears

Yosemite Brown Bear

Yosemite Brown Bear

A recent blog updated you on the Yosemite bear activity.  For the last two weeks, here is where the incidents occurred.

Place   /   #

Camp 4 = 1

Lower Pines = 1

Upper Pines = 3

Curry Orchard = 2

DNC Housing = 1

Stoneman Meadow = 1

Total = 9

Multiple bears were seen in apple trees. Several vehicles were damaged by bears. No one has ever been killed by a bear at Yosemite – including the Grizzlies up to 1921 when the last ws killed. One still remains on the state flag.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Crime does pay – but not for long.”

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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