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As summer nears, Yosemite news is worth reading

Yesterday the park announced that they are raising the fees for the 2-day mini lottery for Half Dome permits.

Effective when cables get up. and the 2-day process kicks in. Target is  the end of May – but TBD due to snow).

50+ permits will be released daily. ONLY via lottery on

$10 to apply and $10 per person per permit. This increase is small – but smells like a bit of “bait and switch.” Reason given is increase in costs by vendor to administer. Didn’t the NPS negotiate that months ago? What’s your take?

Dollar by dollar, the increases over the years make it hard for lower income visitors. I recall when admission to the park was $5.00.  OK, decades ago, but $30 per car now is significant.

Check this out….a flood warning for a whole month!

Still being worked on. Watch for one-lane traffic and closures. LEAVE early or you will sit for a very long time.

More info on BOF road damage

Alexander Joseph Sevier, US Navy has been mission in the park since May 3.  He’s stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He’s 5’6″, 128 lbs. …

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2017 – Plenty of water; Yosemite waterfalls to be gushing


Sierra snow pack

Pick your place in California – you’ll have plenty of water.

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Watch this great cartoon describing the history of the Half Dome hike up the cables.

This is a great carton summary of Half Dome.   I do not know the creator, Aaron Robbins, but would love to meet him. Anyone know him?  He is not related to the famous Royal Robbins.

One error – he shows the cleft of Half Dome (vertical wall) existing whilst stillgranite.  Nope, it wa above the surface when it exfoliated off.

Here’s a shot of the road at Virginia Lake – just north of Lee Vining on the eastern side of Yosemite. Wow. The HD trail won’t open for a while.

Plowing road

Snow level in Sierra

Hike TODAY to get back in shape.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t look back, a new day is breakin’. It’s been too long since I felt this way. I don’t mind where I get taken. the road is callin’. Today is the day. – Boston
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



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