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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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The rains are coming to Yosemite. Could mimic the 1997 Flood.



Yosemite Weather

Yosemite National Park is bracing for a large amounts of precipitation in the next few days.  The Merced river is expected to rise to well beyond flood height by Sunday afternoon.  The park is bracing and may close up as a precaution.

The flood of January 2, 1997 may be back at work. The flow is expected to be HUGE. See that event HERE.

Time to stay home and read a book.  If you have to go, call the park to get road conditions. Call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Hwy 140 — the All-Year highway — is safest….you’ll enter the valley at 4,000 ft and avoid the Hwy 120 apex at 6500 feet. Snow will be falling heavy.

But this is good news for the waterfalls…and the drought.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It’s a beautiful world we live in. A sweet romantic place. Beautiful people everywhere, the way they show they care makes me want to say: It’s a beautiful world.” – DEVO
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



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