Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Where to get gas is always an issue for trips to Yosemite. When I leave San Jose-by-the-sea, I can usually make it to Oakdale before answering the call of nature. There I can drain one tank and fill another. I have found a plethora of gas stations at this gigantic truck stop of a town. Don’t pull into the very first one you see. The name brand gas stations are all good for at least a dime to a quarter more than the no names. I am a believer that gas is gas is gas.(Unless it’s the rip off Ethanol that is being foisted on other locales.) It’s all the same. Rotten Robbie, Terrible Herbst and 7-11 all provide fuel that is fine for your engine. Unless your machine is pinging or you a flying in a Hemi, you don’t need anything more than regular. Oakdale has an Arco conveniently next to a Burger King. “15 gallons and a Whopper to go, please.” Actually, the 7-11 is pretty cheap as is this Quick Stop and the similar sounding Kwik Serve station.
If you come in via Highway 140 through Merced, I find that the bargain basement price is found at a market on the right, just after Highway 99. Look to your right in an older strip mall. They seem to beat the other cheapies by 3-5 cents every time I go this way. Whether you top off in Oakdale or Merced, you should be good for the round trip. The only gas near the valley is at Crane Flat. Be prepared to leave bags of cash there. If you forget and need gas – you can always stop at the 24 hour automated pumps at El Portal.
This one takes gold dust for payment. Plan on a buck-50 a gallon more here. But then they do have to get it here, so you gotta pay the fare. I need help from readers who come via Highway 41 and 120/395. Where do you gas up near Oakhurst and Lee Vining?
Finally, an observation. I’m in Las Vegas attending a car event. It’s in the mid 80’s this week. So what is with women wearing tank tops and shorts AND calf high fuzzy furry winter boots?
Oprah postscript: The park is for ALL citizens and they are concerned that segments of the population are not coming. Many groups cannot afford the admission, hotel fees and other expenses. Those issues need to be addressed. The NPS, Sheldon Johnson and Oprah are not trying to get more business for the park, but to make African Americans more aware that it’s their park, too.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Get it on, bang a gong, get it on.” – Trex
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com