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Winter in full force at Yosemite | Hwy 120 closed inside the Park

The storms just keep rolling in at Yosemite. This week was a damaging one. Highway 120 – aka the Big Oak Flat road is closed below Crane Flat to the Big Meadow view area at the Foresta turnoff.  The crews will be fixing damaged to the roadway.

It will be closed until Feb 17, from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. You can still get in, but it will be tough going. Follow the road crew’s instructions.  Keep tuned as to the actual opening date. The work may be extensive and go beyond the 17th.

Other roads may be closed as more damage is detected. This weekend will be bad…so call 209-372-0200 for road conditions. You wanted snowpack? – You go it!

Men hiking in snow

Winter trekking at Yosemite

Winter is a great time there.  The Horsetail Fall light show is in full force. It was been seen already, so after the storms and the sun gets thru, it might be visible again. Or not.

Read: Don’t hike Half Dome in winter

In other news, there are three items that have not been in the news:

  1. The status of hiring a new superintendent.
  2. The progress of the Wilderness Plan.
  3. The status of
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Dogs are more than pets. With training they save lives by being “Rescue Dogs”

Most of us know little about the extensive role these canines perform to save folks.

We have a Yorkie who could probably bring a Band-Aid to an injured hiker. YOSAR – Yosemite’s Search and Rescue team uses big dogs … they call them YoDogs.

I wanted to share information provided by Jenny Holt, an advocate for the pups. She provided the following info to help enlighten us on these four-legged friends.  Enjoy this guest blog.


Dogs have superior vision, advanced hearing and an incredible sense of smell that is roughly 100 times more powerful than our own. These three factors mean that they’re the perfect candidates to lead search and rescue teams in all kinds of disasters.

Unique Skills

Whether it be natural disasters such as mountain slides in the Himalayas, or man-made catastrophes such as building collapses in New York, dogs are able to assist. They can cover large areas quicker than a human search party, can climb rubble without disturbing it and can even track a victim’s scent through the 40,000 dead skin cells we emit every minute. In fact, it’s estimated that one dog can do the work of thirty humans. …

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Yosemite Valley access roads closed – rains expected to cause major flooding

Yosemite Valley is closed. People were asked to vacate and head outta Dodge.  The predicted deluge is supposed to hit tonight and into Sunday evening.  Although weather forecasting is not that good in the west due to little incoming data from the ocean, this one seems to be with certainly.

The Northeast is having a major snow / ice problem. Oh me, oh my, the end is coming.

Computer projections show the Bay area getting mega-inches (drought over?). The great Merced has an overflow height of 10 feet from its stony base.  The pinheads say it could reach 16 feet.

The Merced River Plan calls for the movement of a lot of facilities away from the flood plane – well, when the money appears. So this will be a good test if the plan was right.

READ:  The Merced River Plan

Other parts of the park are still open. You can get into the park to many of the attractions. You can drive on the Wawona road to Glacier Point – but then you’d have to walk, ski, or snowshoe to get to the overlook. This would be a good place to watch the devastation. Surf’s up, dude! Although if …

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