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Satellite view of Detwiler Fire near Yosemite and Mariposa

This is an impressive view taken from a GOES weather satellite.  It combines imagery to make a seamless video.

Mariposa is un-evacuated now but Hwy 140 from the south into Mariposa is still closed…so “you can’t get to the park” that way. Hwy 120 or 41 is it. Multiple areas are under evacuation orders or have been given a heads up.

It is 65% contained. But 63 residences, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure were destroyed. 13 residences damaged and 8 minor structures damaged.

5,000 fire workers and 400 fire engines, 19 choppers used.

Read about the 2015 Fire

This is a big one. Smoke wafts into the park in the afternoon. The cool evening air makes it hang low.  Mornings are clear.  Cancellations are not given for Yosemite hotels – since the park is OPEN.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water – They burned down the gambling house. It died with an awful sound.” Deep Purple
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

Smoke in Yosemite

View of Yosemite Valley through the smoke on July 19, 2017



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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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