Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
On Saturday I drove through the rain to the San Luis Reservoir for the Annual Meeting of the Four Rivers Assn. This is the support organization for the State Parks located in the environs of the Tuolumne, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers. A big geography. I knew little about the greater Pacheco Pass area but learned that Highway 152 is essentially the route that stage coaches traveled to points east – even Merced & on to Yosemite. There are 2 major events that I will put on my calendar – Wild Flower Days and the Path of the Padres hike. These are spring gatherings that really show off the native flowers in their glory. And it turns out that you can actually hike to the Mission San Juan Bautista – private property owners obliging.
Featured speakers were Peter and Donna Thomas of Santa Cruz. Their talk showed the route that John Muir took when he walked from San Francisco to Yosemite. They did the recreation in 2006. Actually, they later did it a few times in pieces as they wrote their book: “Muir Ramble Route.” It the how-to guide for common folk like us. They said the hardest part was getting places to stay along the central valley towns. Muir would just knock on doors and tell the owners that he “promised his mother that he would not sleep outside.” That doesn’t seem to work these days. This day we were in the very area that Muir crossed over Pacheco Pass in 1868. The Thomas’s did extensive pre-work to try and find his path since he wrote little about it. I am fixated on the old Coulterville Road and got some tips on how to find the eastern end of it – it was hit by landslides so the terminus near Yosemite was abandoned. Their book is loaded with olde tyme maps. I was disappointed to hear that they are not interested in giving guided tours of the Muir walk. They want some enterprising person to arrange all that – it’s a good business venture. Rooming, bike shuttles and food support would make this a trip I’d pay for. Click to enlarge photos.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Both success and failure are choices. What is your choice?”
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com