As you can see, there are PLENTY of open slots to hike Tissiack before they take the cables down on Oct 9. You will have no problem getting a 2-day advance permit, even for the weekend. Hundreds of permits available. And the weather is going to be glorious. No excuses. Remember, one of the alternatives for the long term access plan is to take the cables down. (Re-read that).
If the Wilderness Watch presses the issue after the park releases their preferred alternative of 300 daily permits, they may file a lawsuit that could tie up the cables via injunction for years. Really. I think these folks have never done the hike and they spend their spare time pulling the wings off of butterflies. You can walk a quarter mile in any direction on the Half Dome trail and find all the solitude you want. The park hopes to release their plan before Santa arrives. Even if they do go with 300 and it holds, there will be way fewer permits in 2013. We have 400 total now.
I decided to get a hantavirus antibody test. I spent 4 days in the Curry canvas tent cabins this summer and don’t have “flu-like” symptoms, but it’s only a pin prick. (ouch)
It’s a simple blood draw. It was easy to get my doctor to agree and I had to call CIGNA to confirm it would be covered by insurance. They had no clue as to the magic code needed, but after 2 more calls to the doctor, I’m good to go. This morning I had the blood test and the attendant had to call HQ to find out how to deal with it. I’ll find out in a day or two. Yosemite employees are being offered the test voluntarily.
I’m glad so many are planning to celebrate George Anderson Day with us at Fremont’s Mission Peak on Oct 13.
I’m glad they moved daylight savings change over until Nov 4. The days are getting shorter and shorter. Ugh. I hate winter.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” - George Eliot
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com