Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Last fall I wrote about Donna and Peter Thomas and their walk to Yosemite from San Francisco, in the footsteps of John Muir. They pay the bills by producing small “Lilliputian” size books on various subjects including Half Dome: A Climbing History. The wooden covers are about 2 inches long! I met them for lunch at one of my digs – Stagnaro’s in Santa Cruz yesterday. They are locals who are also Yosemite and outdoor lovers. I got a chance to hold the little HD book. It is, well, “cute.” They have their own printing press and are authorities on hand made books – more as an art form than mass produced pieces. In our chat they mentioned that they are indeed compiling a book on their walk – they actually did the trek twice. The second time to gather specifics and photos for the book. It is amazing that in 1868 John Muir did it and soon anyone will be able to give it a try by using their new book. It is still in the production/proof stage and I hope it will be out by summer. They said it was a challenge to find out Muir’s actual route since he only mentioned it in letters and small blurbs. They did some great research and with old maps feel they got it pretty close. Of course today we have restricted highways and strip malls where young John would have had open land. But it is neat that he – and they – did this. I’ll keep you posted when it is for sale. Yes, it will tell a story from Muir’s eyes, but also have tips for modern replicants. In the meantime check out their website <HERE>.
Friday to Sunday I will be in Yosemite with hopes of seeing Horsetail Falls glow. It looks grim with snow showers approaching. Oh well. I’ll try to blog from the wifi in the Curry Lounge, but forgive me if I am a bit late. I’ll let yall know how things go. Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com