First, a shout out to all the folks who hiked up Mission Peak in Fremont to remember George Anderson, the first man up Half Dome on October 12, 1875.
It was beautiful on top of this 2,517 foot mountain overlooking the SF Bay. If you leave from Mission Blvd you get about half of the HD hike altitude. On a clear day you can easily see the SF skyscrapers.
Now to the hantavirus. I had no symptoms, but since I stayed at the Curry Canvas Tent cabins a lot this summer, I got the blood test last week and it was negative. Whew. I didn’t expect anything, but wanted to check. On Thursday I met with Park Superintendent, Don Neubacher, who said that the virus is rare with only 600 previous cases known in the entire USA. No park workers have gotten ill, nor have other people who stayed with the victims gotten sick. It’s all a mystery. I suggested deputizing a herd of cats. He indicated that the 91 Signature Tent Cabins may be removed and replaced with other structures. Hard to think there would be much demand now. I liked them. Very nice in winter.
He said that few family doctors are aware of the virus and false positives are common. I agree. It was a big deal to get the “codes” for the test and make sure my insurance would cover it. He said they were hearing of about 60 false positives a day. The symptoms are flu-like feelings and aching muscles. Most of us suffer from these normally and of the 200K people who stayed at the park, some thought they may have had hantavirus.
I spoke with US Public Health Service Officer, Mathew Wineberg, who is assigned to Yosemite. He indicated that most healthcare professionals now feel that the window of risk is over for anyone who might have stayed in the signature tent cabins this summer. The park is now focused on moving on from this and trying to promote happier times at the park. Snow flurries were reported at Badger Pass. The Ski resort is getting ready.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In your life expect some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy.” Bobby McFerrin
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com