Rain coming to Yosemite – Be prepared in case of lightning

Weather folks are saying T-Storms are possible at the park. Don’t go near Half Dome!!

Here’s a great chart with advice on what to do…in case.  Click to enlarge.

Chart in case of lightning

Bottom line: Get off the mountain

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Lightning is striking again…..Lightning is striking again and again and again.” – Lou Christie
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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Tuolumne Meadows is finally open and ready for you!

After months of being submerged under many feet of snow, the upper areas of the park are now thawing out.  Tuolumne Meadows is a nearly 9,000 feet and with all roads clear and blue skys overhead, you are free to poke around up there.

Olmstead Point is my favorite on the Tioga Road.  I love erratics. Amazing how they got there!

Load up on your hiking stuff at the Tuolumne Meadows Store. It is now open daily from 8 am – 8 pm.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill willbe filling your need for grease…they are scheduled to open for the season on Tuesday, August 1. Gee, August 1 sounds like the end of the summer. :>(

Tent cabins

Tent cabins at Tuolumne Meadows

The Hikers Bus from the valley is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10. Check the Schedule and fares <here>.

Learn how to see Giant Trees while Mariposa grove is still closed.

The  Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle will also begin to run on Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10.

If you’re a Flora person, look for these: alpine aster, nearly-black sedge, King’s ricegrass, western bistort, Breweri’s reed grass, dwarf bilberry, thread-leaved sedge, pussy-toes, Sierra lodgepole pine, and Ross sedge.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We are stardust, we are golden. We are billion year old carbon. And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. ” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Satellite view of Detwiler Fire near Yosemite and Mariposa

This is an impressive view taken from a GOES weather satellite.  It combines imagery to make a seamless video.

Mariposa is un-evacuated now but Hwy 140 from the south into Mariposa is still closed…so “you can’t get to the park” that way. Hwy 120 or 41 is it. Multiple areas are under evacuation orders or have been given a heads up.

It is 65% contained. But 63 residences, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure were destroyed. 13 residences damaged and 8 minor structures damaged.

5,000 fire workers and 400 fire engines, 19 choppers used.

Read about the 2015 Fire

This is a big one. Smoke wafts into the park in the afternoon. The cool evening air makes it hang low.  Mornings are clear.  Cancellations are not given for Yosemite hotels – since the park is OPEN.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water – They burned down the gambling house. It died with an awful sound.” Deep Purple
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

Smoke in Yosemite

View of Yosemite Valley through the smoke on July 19, 2017



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