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!!
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.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Get Busy!”
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome