Tuolumne Meadows is finally open and ready for you!

After months of being submerged under many feet of snow, the upper areas of the park are now thawing out.  Tuolumne Meadows is a nearly 9,000 feet and with all roads clear and blue skys overhead, you are free to poke around up there.

Olmstead Point is my favorite on the Tioga Road.  I love erratics. Amazing how they got there!

Load up on your hiking stuff at the Tuolumne Meadows Store. It is now open daily from 8 am – 8 pm.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill willbe filling your need for grease…they are scheduled to open for the season on Tuesday, August 1. Gee, August 1 sounds like the end of the summer. :>(

Tent cabins

Tent cabins at Tuolumne Meadows

The Hikers Bus from the valley is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10. Check the Schedule and fares <here>.

Learn how to see Giant Trees while Mariposa grove is still closed.

The  Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle will also begin to run on Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10.

If you’re a Flora person, look for these: alpine aster, nearly-black sedge, King’s ricegrass, western bistort, Breweri’s reed grass, dwarf bilberry, thread-leaved sedge, pussy-toes, Sierra lodgepole pine, and Ross sedge.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We are stardust, we are golden. We are billion year old carbon. And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. ” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
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Satellite view of Detwiler Fire near Yosemite and Mariposa

This is an impressive view taken from a GOES weather satellite.  It combines imagery to make a seamless video.

Mariposa is un-evacuated now but Hwy 140 from the south into Mariposa is still closed…so “you can’t get to the park” that way. Hwy 120 or 41 is it. Multiple areas are under evacuation orders or have been given a heads up.

It is 65% contained. But 63 residences, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure were destroyed. 13 residences damaged and 8 minor structures damaged.

5,000 fire workers and 400 fire engines, 19 choppers used.

Read about the 2015 Fire

This is a big one. Smoke wafts into the park in the afternoon. The cool evening air makes it hang low.  Mornings are clear.  Cancellations are not given for Yosemite hotels – since the park is OPEN.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water – They burned down the gambling house. It died with an awful sound.” Deep Purple
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Smoke in Yosemite

View of Yosemite Valley through the smoke on July 19, 2017

 

 

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Update on news from Yosemite

Things for you to be cognizant of:

The senior pass that the NPS has had for about 20 years is going up in price. On August 27, the fee will be $80 vs $10 now.

If you are 62, not only do you get Medicare and discounted admission to movies…but you can get a lifetime pass to any Federal park, Forest, BLM and others.  One time charge for $10 …but you better go quick like a bunny.

The Trump Administration just reached deeper into your pocket. It’s still a good deal, since your whole car can get in with your pass. You can get yours at any gate that takes money. Or you can go on-line for $10 more.  And yes, they do check your ID when going in. They don’t want geezers who had fake licenses as kids to sneak in.

Auto traffic has been at a standstill on weekends. Stories of 2-hour rides to get to the east end of the park are common. THEN you may have a 1-hr hunt for a parking place. 4-Million historically came to the park but in 2016 it was 5-million. Too many people on earth – yes, 7 billion adds up.

The heavy precip this year is playing out with many water related deaths. One guy drowned in the Merced off the Mist trail and another at Hetch Hetchy. Cold water, fast currents, and rocks all are causes….no, it’s stupidity. Don’t blame nature!!

READ about a 2012 drowning

The hyped Wilderness Plan continues to stay under the radar. After an aggressive outreach last year, there has been no further word on how the project is going.

We are still without a permanent Superintendent since Don Neubacher left last year. The current acting Superintendent is Chip Jenkins.

Ranger

Chip Jenkins, Acting Yosemite Superintendent

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Get Busy!”
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