The retail complex at Curry Village is opening this Friday, March 23. This includes the Curry Village Registration Office, the Pizza Deck, the Pavilion Buffet and the Bar. The Half Dome cables will be up May 25 – barring a late spring snow.
The Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan (MRP) is now on the park’s website. Workshops to go over the MRP are set for March 28, April 4, April 12, and April 13 at various locations. Webinars will be held March 27 at 10:00 a.m. and April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Register at yose.webex.com More info <HERE>.
Remember Chinese Camp? I talk about it on Page 37 of my award-worthy book. It’s on Hwy 49/120 just southwest of Sonora The settlement housed over 4,000 Chinese during the Gold Rush years. Pretty much abandoned buildings now with a Highway marker sign and a gift shop/market run by a crazy New Zealander. Remnants of the old Wells Fargo office are still there.
Word is out that the owner of much of this land is going to develop it. The owner of these 40 acres, Helen Perry, plans to redo Main Street and the surrounding area. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Stratton, who was the physician in Chinese Camp. Preliminary plans call for a Bed and Breakfast, a restaurant, gift shop, retail stores and a Visitor Center. In time, 600 acres of olive vineyards, orchards and hiking trails are in the works.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.” – Pink Floyd
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com