Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
In preparation for the mad rush to get permits on Monday, again I suggest you get your account set up and be ready BEFORE 7 am. Get logged in and ready to hit BOOK when you connect to the recreation.gov site. You are competing with the whole hiking world that wants the same date that you do. How long will it take to bring down the government’s servers? Keep the kids in another room as you may be using foul language before the morning is over. Don’t even try using the dial-in number. I was told by the park superintendent that there are no “hidden” special privilege permits hidden for VIP’s – rather, all permits will be issued from the website. They are bracing for a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale Monday at 0700 hours. I suggest you get a good digital watch and SET the time on it exactly so you will be one of the first 300 to hit BOOK at 1 nanosecond past 7 – like 07:00:01. If the systems dies, keep hitting BOOK – some clown will not have his credit card number and will take more that the 15 minutes allocated to complete the transaction.
There is a very well done “how to” section on the site; click <HERE> and get familiar with the process so you don’t waste precious time on Monday. I did a run through and died laughing. This is one of their sample pages. Click on the image if it is too small to read.
Their “fake” name used in the example is “Ranger Rick.” No jive. When I don’t go by Mr Half Dome I am often called RangerRick. Hey, I’ve never been a real paid Ranger nor have I played one on TV. The real Ranger Rick is a raccoon cartoon character in a magazine for kids.
If you don’t get a Half Dome permit, you can always snag a ticket to the White House Easter Egg Roll!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Time has come today. Young hearts can go their way. Can’t put it off another day – I don’t care what others say. They say we don’t listen anyway. Time has come today!” – The Chambers Brothers
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com