Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Dateline: Naples, Florida, April 18, 2011 – This reporter is on-scene in Central Florida. Having ridden 700 miles down to Key West on a Harley, I can confirm that the state is pretty darn FLAT. For Yosemite Visitors intending to hike Half Dome, I preach that you have to hike hills. Good luck in FL. So I suggest you find a high rise condo complex or tall hotel and go up and down the fire escape steps until you are dead tired – then do it 10 more times. You have to condition your legs – including your downhill muscles. This is good advice for anyone who lives in a vertically challenged environment.
Speaking of Florida, did you know that John Muir walked from Indiana to Florida in 1867? I have not been able to find out his route, but I admit I haven’t dug deep. Anyone know? It is reported that he got a touch of malaria here.
So, did yall watch Monday’s PBS documentary on John Muir? It was called “John Muir in the New World.” My sister TiVO’d it for me. A lot of the hour and half film was shot in Tuolumne County. About a year and half ago portions were filmed at Columbia State Park, Railtown and Cover’s Apple Ranch. Of course a lot was done at Yosemite. Other locations included Wisconsin, California’s Alhambra Valley and the glaciers of Alaska. Since I haven’t seen it yet, how was it? I’m sure we can now pay $29.99 for our own DVD.
Permit Scalping – The SacBee online has a good article about the plight of ticket scalping gougers who are trying to plunder us by selling permits at rip-off prices. Click <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Like a true nature’s child, we were born be wild. Fly so high . . . we’re never gonna die – Born to be wild.” – Steppenwolf
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com