Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Oh my! The cables are supposed to go up on Wednesday…. that’s tomorrow for some of you…and today for others!! I sit in Weed, CA heading to Mendocino on my Carpe Diem trip – so I need anyone to send in a report to confirm things.
Word is that the Mist Trail is a DELUGE. You must have rain gear – a poncho with binder clips attached to your hat and sides to keep it from blowing. Also, real gaiters might be a good idea to keep water out of your boots.
Since Friday, June 17 hiker George Penca has been missing – he was last seen at the top of Yosemite Falls. He was with a big group. YOSAR and other search teams have been combing every square inch of the area. The teams consist of approximately 105 Search and Rescue personnel, two helicopters, dog teams and 14 California County Search and Rescue personnel. The search area so far has included 70 square miles of rugged terrain ranging in elevation from 4,000 to 8,000 ft. If you are up near there and see him, call the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center at 209-379-1992. Penca is 5′ 10″ tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has dark brown hair, blue eyes, a stocky build. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants with white stripes, a black T-shirt that says “D&B” across the chest, or a black tank top, and gray/blue running shoes.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I went to a garden party, to reminisce with my old friends. A chance to share old memories and play our songs again. When I got to the garden party they all knew my name. No one recognized me – I didn’t look the same.” – Ricky Nelson
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com