Throw away water bottles back in at Yosemite.

In a really strange move, the National Park Service is discontinuing what they called the “Water Bottle Ban.” Since 2011, the official directive to units was to discontinue the sale of disposable water bottles.  That was a good idea – stop all the plastic trash and let visitors fill up their own bottles.  A GREEN approach.

Sorry – so much for that idea. Effective in October, they have cancelled that policy.  Huh?   In a statement, they said they decided to let people decide on their own way of “hydrating.” So you can now buy your bottled water from the clear springs of …..well, maybe Romania, and toss the bottle.  Say what?

Water bottle

Bring your Nalgene water bottle and “fill ‘re up” – you can toss it into the plastic ocean when done.

“In a carefully worded release, the acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds, said:  “Ultimately it should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods.”

While they will now resume selling water in bottles, they will encourage people to bring their own containers and fill up at water stations.   Hmmmm, really?  Makes you wonder if revenue had anything to do with this.

The bottled water industry is ecstatic. Here’s a twisted statement from them: “Safe, healthy, convenient bottled water is available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,”


Related:  Learn about hydration

Just a SWAG (look the meaning up)…let’s say of the 5 million people that come to Yosemite each year…1/3 of them will buy a bottle at $2.00 a  pop.   So $2M x $2 = $4M in sales.  Not bad for the concessionaire…Aramark.  I dunno, maybe the vendors had a strong lobby to make this happen.

Strange but true.

The Half Dome hiking season is half over. Did you get your “I made it to the top” TShirt? Click on the STORE link.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” – Steve Smith  Ergo – Hike Half Dome this year!

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Rain coming to Yosemite – Be prepared in case of lightning

Weather folks are saying T-Storms are possible at the park. Don’t go near Half Dome!!

Here’s a great chart with advice on what to do…in case.  Click to enlarge.

Chart in case of lightning

Bottom line: Get off the mountain

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Lightning is striking again…..Lightning is striking again and again and again.” – Lou Christie
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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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