Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Half Dome lies right next to the Merced River. That river is one of many that have been declared “Wild & Scenic” rivers. As such, they are subject to control – both in the river and the area surrounding it. Yosemite has been up against a wall in writing their Comprehensive Mangement Plan. In response to 2 lawsuits and 2 injunctions preventing construction, they are on their 3rd version. A public scoping for planning and environmental impact analysis is now underway. Comments will be accepted through August 29. Staff is making the rounds in California with presentations and Q&A. Get involved. What goes down may affect the Half Dome hike. I sense that a permit system may be coming as a way to control the impact of 50,000 summer hikers on the trail – and thus near the River. The schedule is below. All are 4-8 pm. It floors me that the park is only doing 1 in the SF Bay Area – home to 4 million and most of the park’s visitors. Also there is no on-line or telephone conference hook up.
July 22, Mariposa, Government Center 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa
July 28, Mono Basin Visitor Center, Highway 395, Lee Vining
July 29, Yosemite Valley East Auditorium – Open House
July 30, Groveland Community Hall Groveland
August 3, Pasadena Senior Center, 85 East Holy Street
August 13, Foster City Recreation Wind Room, 100 E. Hillsdale Blvd
August 18, Sacramento, Southside Clubhouse 2051 6th Street
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” (The first word spoken from the moon was HOUSTON!) – Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 from the moon.
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com