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If it’s not beneath your child’s dignity….How about a summer job at Yosemite?

I’m cynical because as I travel the country, I see many foreigner kids working at our parks. Many stutter thru English. In fact, support companies (restaurants, gift shops, motels) need to hire Eastern Euros to do the work..because USA millennials won’t. The entitlement bug has been them good.

There are firms with contracts to recruit Romanians, Croatians and Ukranians to come over en mass for these jobs – they love the work and will do it.  I commend them and tell them so.

Ditto Yosemite. And I am told that our youth will not clean rooms, slop floors, clean sheets. Limp. Yet they wait texting  hoping IBM will call. This pisses me off. AARRGGHH

READ:  Here’s a Yosemite job for your kid.

Men on mountail

Work at Yosemite – hike on your off days

These Government jobs are paying WAY above minimum wage. Expect $16-$22/hr depending on position. 300 spots are being filled for the summer of 2018.

Ask John or Jane if they want to do this. Backcountry rangers, entrance station rangers, custodial services, forestry technicians, utility systems operators, administrative assistants, traffic control rangers, etc.

See through the end of January. Do it now….some have application limits.

Carpe Diem!…

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NPS considers entry fee hike to pay maintenance

NPS considers entry fee hike to pay maintenance
The Department of the Interior, through the National Park Service, is proposing that admission prices be raised to $70.00 per car.  Motorcycles would go up to $50.
OK – here’s my Op-Ed take on this.
The National Parks are a resource for ALL citizens (and foreigners) to enjoy adventure, solitude and to enjoy nature away from the buzz of urban sprawl. I began my love of Yosemite in 1990, when I first hiked to the top of Half Dome. 41 more times and I am hooked.  But I’ve also added the other classic trails: Clouds Rest, Yosemite Falls, Four Mile, the original Big Oak Flat Road, etc.  The place is stellar.
About 3 years ago, the admission was jacked to $30 and camping got bumped up also. I can afford it, but I don’t go in every day.  Some do. But I must admit, my Half Dome hikes are getting darn expensive.  I stay at the Curry (er, Half Dome) Village tent cabins, since I want to get a good night’s sleep before this  massive hike (you will agree if you’ve ever done it.)  The rates for a 4-man
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Half Dome cable system is DOWN – Next lottery is in March 2018

The summer hiking season for Yosemite’s Half Dome is officially over. The permit registration site “” is inactive until the 2018 season.   The 2018 lottery will be held in March for all summer (225 permits per day). The winners are notified in early April.

Yea, another year with NO fatalities. The permit system really makes this a better hike than before.  About 40,000 people do this massively hard hike each summer.  16 miles round trip – a mile vertical gain – 12 hours. Whew.

two women at yosemite

Half Dome cables done for 2017

Although the support pipes and the 2 x 4 boards are removed and hidden, the 600+ foot steel cables remain. Some mentally challenged (IMHO) people go up anyway, just rappelling, holding the heavy steel cable. 2 women died doing this in the winter shoulder months in 2016 and 17.  Unless you have climbing experience or just have a death wish, keep off it.

That said, Half Dome is in the wilderness….so you can do what you want. But remember YOU assess the risk of what you are doing and deal with it. A 3,000 foot fall is the express way to get to the bottom.

Info on the accident situation

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