First the good news: I invite you to gaze at a truly surreal photo taken by Sheldon Neill. CLICK the photo to enlarge.
You will want to frame this one – give full credit give to Sheldon. He and 4 others hiked up to the Diving Board to get some time lapse photos. To refresh you, the Diving Board is on the down slope of the west side of Half Dome. It’s where Ansel Adams took his famous “Half Dome and the Moon” picture decades ago. Many people erroneously call the Half Dome visor the Diving Board.
Just getting up there this past weekend must have been a real struggle. They stayed on top and hauled up large backpacks. Snow made it even harder. I tried to get up there a few years ago in the summer and gave up!
A tip of the hat to Sheldon and his team.
Now for the bad news. This silly “Financial Cliff” thing may hit us all if the fat cats running our government don’t earn their pay soon. If Congress doesn’t agree on the budget, there is a risk that automatic cuts will be turned on. Most government agencies will see money slashed – pick an agency and it will not get their full booty. Like the FBI, Air Traffic Control (yikes) and the Dept of Interior. DOI could cut back hours and resources at all of the 398 NPS units. As in maybe the gates get closed. Some ranger hours shortened, services cut, yada yada. All speculation, but I bet parks are drafting up plans on how they will react.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. – Fred Allen
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com