Friends of Tissiack,
Wednesday finds me at the Yosemite Bug after a harrowing drive across the Central Valley in torrential rains. It got real heavy near Merced. I love going Hwy 140. Tomorrow I’ll venture into the park for an 8 am meeting of the Yosemite Gateway Partners. It looks like the snow will not come down to the Valley at 4,000 ft. It should be heavy above 6,000 ft– like on the Big Oak Flat Road. Hwy 140 was opened in 1926 and labeled the “All year Highway.” I love it. Out of San Jose, I go down 152 over Pacheco Pass – the very same route that John Muir walked in 1868. When I arrive at Los Banos I hit the Mickey D’s for a potty stop and a $1.00 any size drink.
The next stop is just after Merced at a real cheap gas station – a mini-mart on the right. Today it was $4.17 (Gee, over $4.00 and I’m saying “cheap?”) Smooth sailing until Cathay’s Valley for another potty stop at a little park on the right. From there it’s clear sailing into Mariposa – then about 15 minutes to the Bug. Watch out for CHP and County Mounties west of Mariposa. Speed limit is 55.
While in the land of Butterflies (“mariposa” means butterfly in espanol), I stopped in to see Gary at Windows on the World Bookstore. They recently moved off the main drag and into the upstairs of the Pony Espresso café/coffee shop. He carries my Half Dome book and is currently selling most books for 50% off. He even has a free PC to check your email. There is also free wifi and killer tri-tip sandwiches during good weather. As you head into Mariposa from the west, hang a left at your first major street. Go down to the end and look for the Pony Espresso on the left.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com