Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I just got back from a 10-day (3,000 mile) motorcycle trip to many Western parks. With 4 other guys, I visited Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce and Zion. There is nothing like viewing these spectacular sites from the seat of a Harley. Even the 120 degree day at Death Valley did not deter us. That made the 106 degree days that followed easy to take. Each park was unique with its offerings but I still love Yosemite the most. I really wanted to hike Angel’s landing in Zion. The 4-hour hike plus 1 hour RT bus ride made it impossible this trip. But I will be back. And a goal was reached – I stood between the legs of Delicate Arch.
Another neat thing was to see Predator drones flying at Creech, AFB far north of Las Vegas. It is FROM HERE that they are flown remotely over Pakistan and Afghanistan (launched over there). Wow. Apparently, they were doing some training missions that day at this base.
The cables will be up this Wednesday. Yippie Dippie. If anyone is going, please report back to share info. From my moles in the park, it looks like the Mist Trail is going to be a typhoon. Dress accordingly. I also hear that most of the meadows are flooded. Stream crossing will be difficult and dangerous. Use trekking poles to maneuver.
The Merced is running near flood stage. Be real careful. I want to see you at the REI Berkeley meeting on Wed at 4 pm to hear about the Half Dome Stewardship Plan. Don’t be a “Hiking Poser.” A bonus – I’m meeting Ryan Ghelfi there. He is the guy who ran the Half Dome trail in 2 hrs 30 mins. A bonus attraction to get you there!!
Related thought worth quoting: “I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me down. It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, bright sun shiny day.” – Jimmy Cliff
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com