Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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This reporter is now in Sitka, Alaska. I felt a bit like J0hn Muir as he arrived in San Francisco in 1868. I loaded up some bread, granola and fruit off the ship and landed on the dock outfitted with my hiking boots, fanny pack and trekking poles. Where can I go that’s wild? I didn’t take any of the offered excursions, but merely walked east to the hills. Just like JM would have done. I found myself at the foot of Gavan Hill. I headed up and up until I reached an observation area at 1325 feet above the small town of Sitka. Sorry, but I am not downloading pix due to the limited bandwidth and high price of sea-internet.
I only saw 4 people all day. One was a woman with her dog who was coming down. While chatting I noticed a can of pepper spray in a holster on her belt. Wha??? She said it was bear spray. Yikes! Oh yeah, I am in Alaska! She said there are brown bears in the Tongass National Forest and that she knew of two women who were “recently” mauled. Great. I continued the hike but made sure to clank my poles occasionally to let them know I was coming. Kinda fun. No bears spotted.
Our Sonora Bureau provided a nice summary of a recent trip to Yosemite. The weather was stellar last Friday and in the mid 70’s both days. There are still patches of snow between the Big Oak Flat entrance, a bit past Cranes Flat. They continue to have the “ Icy Road” warning and chain control signs up although 120 the road was clear. Nights at Curry are still cold. The falls are rocking – tons of water. Glacier Point is still closed as is the 4-Mile trail. The Mist Trail is only partially open. Mirror Lake now looks like a lake and not the swamp of years past. To throw sand on the fire, there is yet another winter storm coming in this weekend with snow down to 4000 ft. Thank you Sister Kathy.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.” – Carrie Latet
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com