Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Welcome to all the new readers. I spoke at the REI in Saratoga (San Jose) last night. 132 heads counted plus the ante area was full. Cool. What a fun crowd. I think we just made the hike even more crowded as folks got motivated. I handed out three sets of 4-permits for hikes. And a fine bottle of Carpe Diem wine. A good time was had by all.
The Tioga Road is being plowed now. Snow depth is still at 6 feet. Only 4 miles have been done. Glacier Point Road is also being plowed but only a third of a mile is clear from Badger Pass; average snow depth is 7 feet. When they get done, it will be open Saturdays and Sundays only until May 27. It will also be open on May 21 – the target day for the Half Dome cables to be up.
The bears are waking up. There has been $8K in damages from 26 bear incidents this year. Compared to the same period last year when there were 46 incidents YTD. And one bear has been killed by a car. SLOW DOWN! Bears are extremely active in Yosemite Valley. They are emerging from their winter dens and are very hungry. Bears have been seen in all areas of the Valley including the meadows where they are currently foraging on grasses. A young bear has been active in the west valley in the picnic areas and around Bridalveil Falls.
The Yosemite Lodge is opening two GREEN rooms featuring automatically controlled energy-saving cooling and heating systems, insulation made from 85% recycled newspaper, toilets using just over one gallon per flush, and 100% organic cotton sheets produced in a solar-powered factory.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I escaped from a heap of uncordial kindness to the generous bosom of the woods.” – John Muir, 1867
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com