Hi guys. Thanks for the loyal readership. I have to admit the blog readership has gone down over the winter. Makes sense as people turn to winter sports. I stopped skiing 12 years ago after I did a face plant on my bindings and blew out my left eye socket. No kidding. I have a titanium plate with 3 screws to hold up my eye. Dang I hate when that happens.
The lack of snow has put the kibosh on Sierra shussing for the holidays. Don’t worry about the snowpack – a couple giant storms will bring it back up. As long as it’s not like last winter when the cables did not get up until June 22. Crikey!
Since 1932 the park has conducted a bird count at Christmas time. This year, 42 participants counted and identified 2,584 birds of 70 species across 6 zones in Yosemite. The park reported that number included 2 Bald Eagles – 1 observed flying in the Merced River Canyon (below the Rostrum) and 1 at Mirror Lake; Northern Saw-whet Owl in East Yosemite Valley; 125 White-throated Swifts in the Merced River Canyon; Williamson’s Sapsucker on the way down from the Tioga Road; 5 Pileated Woodpeckers in the west end of Yosemite Valley alone; Northern Goshawk in West Yosemite Valley; California Thrasher (Foresta Road above El Portal) and 2 Savannah Sparrows (adjacent to the Community Hall) in El Portal; and 3 Lincoln’s Sparrows in Foresta. Whew – don’t look up!
Year to date through November, Yosemite clicked off 3,965,000 people through the turnstiles. Decembers usually average 100,000 so it looks like the 2nd year in a row over 4 million.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Who’ll be the next in line? Who’ll be the next in line for heartache? Who’ll make the same mistakes I made over you? Who’ll be the next in line? Who’ll be the next in line? For you?” – The Kinks
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com
One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome