Today I attended the 90 minute webinar for the Merced River Plan. We had 11 on line. Their 4 in-person sessions have yielded a total of about 150 participants. Out of the 4 million that come to the park. So I have a new attitude. Selfish. I’m going to comment on things that I want done and not try to cover everyone else. The format was for a “facilitator” from the contractor, Grove Associates. She was very good. It mostly was her tossing out a topic…like “camping” and we entered text via chat with our thoughts.
The big topics from past workshops were” traffic, camping, floating, ecology and user capacity.” YNP was on the line to offer inputs. They hope to have a document out in the spring with their “Preliminary DRAFT alternatives.” Gee that’s hedging.
Still no word on the Half Dome plan. When I know – you’ll know.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A little Indian brave who before he was ten, played war games in the woods with his Indian friends. And he built up a dream that when he grew up he would be a fearless warrior Indian Chief. Many moons past and more the dream grew strong until tomorrow he would sing his first war song and fight his first battle. But something went wrong, surprise attack killed him in his sleep that night …. And so castles made of sand melts into the sea, eventually.” – Jimi Hendrix
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com