Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
For my money, one of the best viewpoints in the world is from the top of Glacier Point. The Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Canyon and all the park high points are visible from here. Yes, El Capitan is present, but the cream is Half Dome. From this perspective you can clearly see that only about 20% of it is missing. It was not cut apart by Glaciers – rather the face was created by eons of exfoliation. This is the freezing and expansion of rain in its granite cracks that eventually let go in vertical sheets. The pedestrian lookout is visited by about a million people each year. It gets a lot of abuse. The glorified outhouses seem to always reek. A fire in July of 1969 laid waste to a lot of it. Two nice hotels were burned to the ground. McCauley’s Mountain House and the Glacier Point Hotel (below) were both turned into ash piles. They were built in 1872 and 1917 respectively.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com