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The US Govt is “shut down.” Only essential services will continue. That means Yosemite will not be open. No rangers to man the gates.
 
5 yrs ago this happened and it lasted 16 days. Federal employees will be furloughed.
 
Don’t feel too sorry for them – they will have the time off to plant petunias, but get all their “missed pay” when congress passes a spending bill.
 
Maui sounds good – just get back in time!!
 Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T….Find out what it means to me…..R-E-S-P-E-C-T…..Take care, TCB.” – Otis Redding
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome
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Changes coming to Yosemite; how does a Starbucks hit you?

Yes, I said Starbucks.  As in the international coffee vendor.   I don’t drink the stuff so I really don’t care. But many do. They love the idea. A $$ cup of Java for breakfast. Real nutrition there.  A hit of caffeine before your hike up the Four-mile trail. Folks will love it.   But I don’t get it.

On the other hand, many see corporate America creeping into the National Park system. Aramark is the new concessionaire – now entering their second year managing the park.

Money talks – nobody walks.

Pizza Alternative to Yosemite’s Food Offerings

Park management has to approve moves like this. Why not? They get a cut of revenue.   Aramark has a renovation going on at the Main Village food court.  OK, I don’t think it needed it.  I like going there after a hike. Decent food at pretty good prices.

The issue is: will giant companies now be allowed to penetrate the sacred ground of our parks? Maybe to make things convenient for hikers, they should bring in REI. Or maybe people can get last minute goodies at a new Safeway in Curry Village. Or maybe Hilton can hang their logo on the Ahwahnee

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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  www.usajobs.gov through the end of January. Do it now….some have application limits.

Carpe Diem!…

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