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Update on news from Yosemite

Things for you to be cognizant of:

The senior pass that the NPS has had for about 20 years is going up in price. On August 27, the fee will be $80 vs $10 now.

If you are 62, not only do you get Medicare and discounted admission to movies…but you can get a lifetime pass to any Federal park, Forest, BLM and others.  One time charge for $10 …but you better go quick like a bunny.

The Trump Administration just reached deeper into your pocket. It’s still a good deal, since your whole car can get in with your pass. You can get yours at any gate that takes money. Or you can go on-line for $10 more.  And yes, they do check your ID when going in. They don’t want geezers who had fake licenses as kids to sneak in.

Auto traffic has been at a standstill on weekends. Stories of 2-hour rides to get to the east end of the park are common. THEN you may have a 1-hr hunt for a parking place. 4-Million historically came to the park but in 2016 it was 5-million. Too many people on earth – yes, 7 billion adds up.…

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Tioga Road open Thursday June 3

With 200% snowpack the bets were at a mid July opening.  But the recent heat waves in California melted a LOT of snow.  The crews have been busy. Beyond just getting the snow off the road, there were issues with potholes and other damage to the roadway that had to be fixed.

Gate at Yosemite


I’d still take it easy.  Visitors form Lee Vining and points east – like Reno can now get in without going over Sonora or the other passes.

Once yo do get there, be prepared for a madhouse. The roads have been changed a bit and a traffic circle installed at ht 4-way stop by the Visitor Center.  Hwy 140 had a giant rockfall and there might be issue down south.

Read about the businesses at Lee Vining – just east of the Tioga Gate.

The Big Trees at the Mariposa Grove will be closed until the Fall.

No updates on the stupid name changes.  It;s been in litigation for over a year now. Dumb.

So there you go. You’re up to speed now.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We choose to go to the top of Half Dome. We choose to go this

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This is big – Alex Honnold FREE CLIMBS El Capitan at Yosemite.

REAL BIG. For those that are new to the Wonderful World of Yosemite – welcome.

El Cap is the largest exposed piece of granite on planet earth. Bigger than those monsters you see in Norway. It is unbroken – a giant ancient magma Pluton that cooled and hardened under intense pressure while it was under miles of dirt thousands of years ago. It turned into granite. With erosion, the rock was cut by Glacier action and sits overlooking the 3,000 ft valley.

Yosemite's El Cap

El Capitan – free solo by Alex Honnold

The Ahwahneechee natives called it “The Chief” – aka The Captain (white man’s term. While Half Dome is the signature landmark of the park, El Cap is the world climbing mecca. At 3,000 feet above the meadow, it has been a target for men and women for decades.

Listen – I am NOT a climber and do not want to be perceived as a poser……I do admire them. I can’t do what they do.   My passion is Half Dome.

It used to take DAYS to get to the top. Using pitons, anchors, ropes and grit. They hauled up 70-pound bags full of their stuff. Everything that goes up…has to come …

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