Curry Village ready to open

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

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About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to Curry Village ready to open

  1. Maureen L says:

    Dear Friends,

    The comment period will close on April 20.

    I think that’s right; it’s what’s on their enter comments page, though the fact sheet says April 15.

    The comment link is open now.

    I try to take advantage of these comment opportunities, even though I find reading the tiny type when I print them 8.5 by 11 is frustrating and so don’t address everything.

    The Park Service will have to limit Valley access due to the river’s “wild and scenic” status. The questions are what mechanisms will be used and we get permits/access.

    For me, this is an incentive to enjoy the Valley as much as I can in the next few years, especially before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.

    At worst, it will get tied up in courts and delayed, but it’s going to happen.

    Remember you can always come in to Half Dome from Glacier Point or trails off the Tioga Road, but these make a day hike much longer.

    Everything Rick lists above is proposed for removal under All alternatives. (page 10)

    The alternatives vary in the amount of flood plain restoration and the reduction in “visitor services.” 1 is the most drastic, 5 is the least change.

    Under alternative 1, the most extensive flood plain restoration (good for the river) and most drastic service reduction, Yosemite Lodge goes away, replaced by day use parking and approx 160 camping sites, Housekeeping Camp goes, and Curry Village goes from about 500 tents to about 350. Remember, CV is a great base for day hike to Half Dome. I think they made some typos/bad edits, as alt 2 says Merced Lake HSC goes, but alt. 2 does say that. (Alt 1 may be there just so everyone says, no, no, not that much restoration. “Straw man” or whatever.)

    I also think alternative 5 is a “straw man” at the other end of the scale, as the proposed counts indicate (handy tables on pages 26 and 27) for the Valley
    peak day use peak total use
    now 14,600 20,050
    alt 1 10,200 14,200
    alt 2 10,200 14,900
    alt 3 10,600 17,000
    alt 4 14,100 20,500
    alt 5 15,500 24,000

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      Good comments. I only had time to skim the 30 page PDF. VERY well done but also very hard to read – it’s way bigger than a std page. But there is some telling info in it. Like the number of people propsed tobe allowed in the park. Several Alternative Concepts presents with varrying degrees of pain. Look what might go away:
      * NPS Volunteer Office
      • Happy Isles Snack Stand
      • Yosemite Lodge Housing (1000’s Cabins)
      • Highland Court Housing
      • Boys Town Housing Area
      • Yosemite Lodge Post Office
      • Yosemite Lodge Swimming Pool & Snack Stand
      • Wawona Stables Operation
      • NPS Finance Trailer in El Portal
      • Ahwahnee Tennis Court and Former Golf Course

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