YouTube seminar on the Yosemite Half Dome permit lottery available

I have created a half hour seminar on “How to improve your chances of getting a Half Dome permit.” The lottery begins in 3 weeks. You need to have a strategy to succeed.  I have it on YouTube, and the fee is $5.00 (skip Starbucks one day).

If you’d like to view it, send me a comment request. I will get your email address off the meta data. I will reply with my PayPal account. Then I’ll send you the link to view it.

Everything is legal. I do not support scalping.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I had money, and I had none. But I never been so broke that I couldn’t leave town.” – The Doors
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Another National Park Service movie ready to view on February 12.


Half Dome featured in New iMAX movie on the National Parks

New iMAX movie on the National Parks

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the NPS.  We are now seeing the promotion of the parks like never before. The Rose Parade in Pasadena featured an entry complete with horses sent down from Yosemite.

Next came the bust of a James Franco film, titled “Yosemite.”  $7 to see less of the park than I have on my home movies.

Get ready – in a week you’ll get to travel to many of the parks again via the iMAX  3-D film:  “National Parks Adventure 3D.”  It screens nationwide on the 12th.

The promo reads:

Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and climber Rachel Pohl as they bike, hike and climb across America’s most pristine parks, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all.”


Wow a tapestry! Anker is a local boy, from near Groveland.


It might be worth seeing. They covered 30 parks with 4 getting lotsa of screen time: Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and Arches.


There’s plenty of Yosemite climbing and scenery footage.  Local impersonator, Lee Stetson, has a big role as John Muir.

I’ll plan on seeing it. But you’re going to have to hunt out an iMAX or giant screen venue. Good things then to move out fast.

Plus, I like narrator, Robert Redford. 

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.” – Robert Redford
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Money found to restore Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove.

Congress is now allocating $15M to the national parks to support the Centennial Program, to improve visitor services and support outreach to new audiences. This includes maintenance to get them all spiffy for the 100-yr celebration and beyond. Yosemite gets a million for the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

The park “partners,” like Yosemite Conservancy, will be asked to kick-in $33M. YC is pledging $20M for this work. It already underway near Wawona and it won’t reopen unit spring 2017.

I have folks coming from Georgia next month who will not see them. I’ll take them up to the Merced Grove. Same trees just not as many.

Merced Grove

At Yosemite’s Merced Grove

Oh, by the way, all the Valley hard-lodging is full already for May. We had a choice of staying in El Portal or at Wawona. We chose the latter. I’ve eaten there but not stayed.  I guess I should have said “The Big Trees” hotel.

No further word about the name changes as of press time.  The media has been silent. The Outside magazine article seems to have shaken the bee hive to help draw eyes to the situation. The owner of DNC is trying to get other trademarks at other parks.

RELATED -> Read more about the name change issue.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: – Remember what the dormouse said: ‘Feed your head.’ – RIP Paul Katner,Jefferson Airplane
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