Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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A lot going on at Yosemite. First, I did my 31st Half Dome hike. Not a big deal, but I’m happy. Weather today was superb and a lot of water still coming out of the falls. NO spray on the Mist Trail. We got up early since today was a “look for bodies” day. They close the Mist at 7 am until noon on Thursdays.. We got up well before the closure.
I met a lot of blog readers. No pix until I get home and download them.
A motorhome exploded near the Cedar Lodge in El Portal, about 12 miles south of the Arch Rock entrance on Hwy 140. We saw the huge flame cloud rising about 1 pm. Because of the fire Hwy 140 is closed and the park lost power. We are staying at the Ahwahnee (another story) and they have a generator – so we are good.
The consensus feeling is that the death of Ryan Leeder was probably a suicide on Monday. He had a history of mental problems and other hikers said he was acting strange on the way up hal Dome.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “”God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” – John Muir
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com