Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Well, I got zip comments while I was out on what the heck that building in Cook’s Meadow is. Either no one knows or no one cares. I know the readership goes down on weekends, but we still get a bucket load of visitors. Hey, I’m here for you anyway! All I ask is 3 minutes a day to read the hot info I conjure up. I met a woman from Stockton this weekend at the park who suggested I start a Facebook FAN page on Half Dome. What do you think? I don’t tweet or use those other social networking sites. I’m too busy living life than recording it. But she may have a point to increase the community of Big Granite Rock lovers. I need to learn how to do all that but I could care less telling what my favorite color is or my thoughts on Brittany Spears. (Geezing again)
The Yosemite Assn Spring Forum was great. Over 450 people in attendance. I took 3 pages of notes and observations. Plenty of fodder for at least a week’s worth of blogs! Today I wanted to get the most relevant news to you first. Yes, the permit thing. Turns out the program is under the management of the park “Protection Services” or some such named group. Meaning Law Enforcement. Eeck! The cops – the guys with the loaded guns. It surprised me that the plain old wilderness rangers weren’t the focal point. Well the plan is hire about 10 more rangers to administer and enforce the cable permit hairball. They will have many suits along the trail and yes, they plan to be strict, especially in the beginning. When probed, it was revealed that the fine for abuse is $150. Folks thought this was no deterrent to not getting one. They won’t tackle you and put you in irons. If you have a confirmation number for a permit, you WILL be getting an email soon explaining how to actually manage your permit.
I have a ton of pix to download and share. See yall back here tomorrow – I won’t take roll, so don’t worry.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “How deathlike is sleep in this mountain air and quick the awakening into newness of life!” – John Muir, 1869
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com