Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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I came to the park on the 3rd through the Hwy 140 (Arch Rock) Entrance. Actually I got about a half mile from the gate and traffic stopped. The outside temperature display was reading 97 degrees. It took about a half hour to creep up to the gate. I was hoping that everyone who was coming would have driven up Saturday – WRONG. One problem is most Toms, Dicks and Harry’s stop and pay per car at the gate. The annual pass really speeds things up – so think about getting one. $80 for admission to any NPS, BLM, etc site. I flashed mine and scooted up the right lane.
I also saw the signs for the new bus service the Park set up in El Portal. Now the YARTS bus will stop on Foresta Road to pick folks up. This is where the NPS warehouse is located. You park your car along Foresta Road. This is a good idea if you don’t plan to carry a ton of camping stuff. Might be hard to schlep a giant tent, chairs, Coleman stove, your HD TV and massage table. But give it a try if you are only with a backpack. Then you can get around the park with the free bus service.
Once on Southside drive traffic stopped again. It crawled all the way to the Sentinel Bridge. Then it was fine to Curry. So in summary, I got in line at the Arch Rock gate at 2:30 and arrived at Curry at 5:15. Ugh Ugh Ugh. I was surprised that the parking lot had spaces and the buffet was thin. Odd.
I’ll be doing Half Dome on Monday and don’t expect to be able to do the blog…so take the night off and watch an old Twilight Zone episode. I’ll be back with some neat pix . . . like the motorhome who pulled off to the right by the Swinging Bridge and got stuck on his frame.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Every now and then, we like to do something nice.. and easy. Only there’s just one thing: we never do anything nice.. and easy.” – Proud Mary Tina Turner
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