Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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An issue has arisen on the western front. Last year, if you had a permit before the cables went up you were given a refund of your $1.50 service charge. I did. I got many permits to give out at my talks. When the cables didn’t go up until June 16 last year, I ws credited on my VISA card.
Thanks to a blog reader I became aware of the fact that rec.gov is telling folks there are no refunds … even if the cables were not up for your date. I called them myself. The vendor said they were not told anything about this. I informed Yosemite Wilderness Management of the disconnect. I just got word back that in 2011, there are NO REFUNDS for any reason. People who paid the $1.50 service fee just donated their funds. The $1.50 is a cost of processing the order and is not revenue. So I’m out a hunk of green. Hmmm, next year I won’t jump on being one of the first ones up. Late June is a lot safer.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com