New NPS Commemorative coin coming

In another way to honor the wild, the National Park Service has designed a gold medallion coin. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NPS.

The Mint will be creating three coins. Only proof and uncirculated versions of 100,000 gold $5 coins, 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars. Pricing will be $35 for each $5 gold coin, $10 for each $1 silver coin, and $5 for each half dollar.

NPS coin 100th anniversary

NPS Commemorative coin

The “coin” for the $5 gold half eagle will feature John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt and our favorite, Half Dome in the background. yea!!  The 2005 quarter also had Muir, Half Dome, and a condor shown.

The other coins will have their own different images. The other side of the “Yosemite” coin will have an image of the NPS logo. The National Park Foundation will be the distribution source.  Follow developments on their website.

The silver coin  will show  the Old Faithful geyser and a bison. The half dollar will have a hiker and a small child. It was not released which mint would actually be making the coins.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said: The Centennial commemorative coin serves as a lasting tribute to 100 years of the National Park Service.”

To see complete drawings and more info about the coins see the Mint’s website.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And when you’re in a mess and you feel like cryin’. Just remember this little song of mine. And as you go through life tryin’ to reach your goal … Just remember what I said about a little bit o’ soul.” – Music Explosion
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Yosemite Entrance fees reduced for winter

Admission to Yosemite will be cheaper this fall/winter season. They are going from the new summer rate (April to October) of $30 to $25 for a seven-day pass through March. Gee, such a deal, when it was only $20 not that long ago.

The park is FREE Nov 11 – Veterans Day.  Say thanks to one.  Me = 6 years Air Force. Defending the country during the Cold War.

Showers coming in this weekend…possibly snow on Monday. Pack your chains…you CAN gete fine if you’re stuck without them. they are supposed to be in your trunk upon entering the park.

Check out these “fabric chains” I saw recently…OK in California!

tire with fabric wrap

Fabric qualifies as chains when they are required.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Mr Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL” – Ronald Reagan
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Yosemite’s campgrounds closing for winter

Lower and North Pines campground are closed for the season. You can still bunk on the ground at Upper Pines, Camp 4, Wawona and the Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds. Plenty of room.  But bring that sleeping bag!   Chilly Willie.

snowy day

Snow hiking up the JMT in winter!

The snows are coming – Tioga and Glacier Point close well before the other roads.

This is also the time of year to book your rooms for 2016. You can book a year and a day in advance, and if you wait you may get zapped.  I book 4 Curry Tent cabin slots for the summer months.  if I don’t get a Half Dome permit, I do the hike anyway and ask along the trail.

I do not pay people for a cancellation slot to go with them- that’s illegal. I’ve also had good luck with the 2-day lottery. Keep tuned here for info on my annual February “How to get permits” webinar. Good advice prior to the lottery application period. There are a couple legal tricks to get you at the head of the line.  June is a real wish…Upwards of 5,000 apply for weekends.

June is the best month — Longer days, less chance of lightning, waterfalls are jamming and there are less people than July and August.

I really hate winter….dark at 5 pm or earlier….cold, rainy (hopefully). and I stopped skiing after a major eye injury at Heavenly Valley years ago. There is so much to do around San Jose by-the-sea that I’m not board…just waiting for spring

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting:  Waiting for the break of day. Searching for something to say. Flashing lights against the sky, giving up, I close my eyes. Sitting cross-legged on the floor – 25 or 6 to 4.” – Chicago
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