Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
An official National Park Service report sets partial blame on park officials for the massive “prescribed burn” fire that got out of control in September. As was implied early on, the fire crews were confident that winds and other factors were within guidelines – but then Ooops. The fire burned over 11 square miles and messed up my trip to do the High Sierra Camps. We had to drive almost 4 extra hours “the long way” to get to Tuolumne. The fix? A revision of park policies is underway. I dunno – doing ANY burn in dry August?
I’m thinking of going up to the park to try and see the Horsetail Falls golden glow Feb 17 and 18. Send me a email if you wanna come. MrHalfDome <at> gmail.com Horsetail Falls glows (maybe) the last 2 weeks in Feb if the cosmos is aligned right. It’s to the left of El Cap and is easy to get to. I’m going to try a heated “Signature” tent cabin at Curry. I got a “Dear Rick” letter offering such for $29 a night as a “Preferred Guest.” I think it’s cause I have money burning a hole in my pocket. Preferred? Gosh.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The Valley is full of people but they do not annoy me. I resolve in pathless places and in higher rocks than the world and his ribbony wife can reach” – JohnMuir, 1870
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com