B U L L E T I N Big Oak Flat Road to open – repairs still going on

Yosemite  is opening Big Oak Flat Road at 5:00 am Monday, May 1. Still work to do, and 1-lane traffic for a while. But go and see the waterfalls.

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Anyone get a Half Dome permit for 2017 yet?

We don’t need no stinking permits!!  YES, on Half Dome you do!

Blazing Saddles

Apologies to Blazing Saddles

Let us know if you won one. The falls are jamming now and will continue long into this summer.

If you got zapped, consider getting my video “How to improve your odds for getting a permit”…too late now for the March Lottery….award notification any day now. But you can try the 2-day mini lottery done all summer. Same tactics apply.

$5.00 for all the smarts you need.  Send me a comment.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There’s nothing in the streets. looks any different to me. And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye. And the parting on the left; are now parting on the right. And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
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Meet the new Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke

Effective with the new Trump Administration, SAlay Jewell was replaced by Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior.  Jewell served  under President Obama.  One major accomplishment was the renaming of Mt McKinley in Alaska to Denali.  That is the classic native American name for the largest US peak.

Of note – she was previously the CEO of REI. No word on what she’ll be doing now.

Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke, new Head of Dept of Interior

Mr Zinke is a gun advocate, as you can see form the photo. He  played football at U of Oregon and was a Navy Seal for over 20 years, reaching the rank of Commander. Recently he was a US Representative from Montana.

He’s publicly said said that humans “influence” climate change, but did not acknowledge that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change.

In his first week of work, he’s removed regulations that had barred the use of lead bullets and lead fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. Hmmm Lead is very bad for birds who injest it while eating prey.

Did you know that we are now up to 417 national parks?  Well NPS week is coming up, so you can hug a tree via free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. This includes Yosemite.

Crews continue to work on the damaged 120 and 41 highways.

Be sure to register for the lottery.  Plenty of time – thru the end of March.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When a good time turns around . You will never live it down. No one gets away (Until they whip it). I say whip it – Whip it good!” – DEVO
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