Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Since we have been talking about Yosemite’s waterfalls lately, here’s one for you. Zambia’s Victoria Falls is the largest in the world (length) and it is a couple tads higher than our Vernal Fall. It is 5,604 ftwide and has a height of 108 ft, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. During our autumn, flow is down so people with small brains go out to the edge and look down. Watch this. Maybe we can start this at our favorite National Park.
On a brighter note, the US Air Force Band of the Golden West is performing in Oakhurst at the Oakhurst Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 pm.
And on-site report back from Yosemite by blog reader Maureen sez that Vernal and Nevada falls look like the end of May in a low-water year and ponchos were not needed on the Mist Trail. Carry one anyway in case of seasonal afternoon thunderstorms. The Avalanche Fire smoke does dampen the view from the top of HD and its smoke settles in the Valley overnight. So now hard hats for the rockfalls and gas masks for smoke. Got it. That fire is 25% contained with 1040 acres burned and a date of Sept 1 estimated for extinguishment.
She also echos a suggestion that I’ve made and to ask for a tent cabin in the 700 series when you arrive at Curry Village. This will put you away from the hordes with no manners and closer to the trailhead. Bring earplugs and a loud alarm.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com