Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Indian summer . . . a term that is ued to describe a hot spell just before autumn kicks in. Where does that phrase originate? Do the folks in Mumbai experience this? Did the Sioux and Paiute? Anyway it’s happening in Yosemite now. I’m at the park with the Hamburg delegation. Saturday was free park admission day. Yes, ‘twas crowded. Here’s the mob at the tunnel view. You can’t see the 5 busses in the lot.
We went up to Glacier Point to catch sunset. The roadwork is totally done there – just in time to close for the coming snows. Again the horde was there.
A Canadian visitor had this very unusual camera. . It’s a modern Japanese-made version of the old large format box cameras. He just a hobbyist but said the images are huge – like 4” x 5”. He said in today’s digital terms its equivalent to about a 20 MegaPixel camera. He had to carry all this gear including his tripod on the plane. Gee, my little Casio does fine by me (all pix here are from my EX-H10).
Sunset was not too exciting. I guess there is not enough smog in the Central Valley to bring out the “alpenglow” on Half Dome. While we waited at the point sitting on my lawn chairs, we shared a bottle of Carpe Diem wine – a 2007 Cabernet. A semi-full moon rose about 8 pm. Here’s the best my little point and shoot could do at 10x zoom. Can you make out the junk left behind at Tranquility Base?
No Half Dome hike this trip – Sonke is still reeling from a bug he picked up. So maybe North Dome and maybe just a mellow Valley walk. I’m off Tuesday to the Mediterranean for a stint teaching Nordic Walking on a Crystal Cruise ship. We’ll circle Italy – my mom’s ancestral roots. Depending on the price of Internet the blogs may be sporadic. Few pix – they really eat minutes. If you’d like to get an order in for TShirts I can get them out Monday – if not I’ll have to wait until Oct 9.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.”
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com