June 9. Plan on coming to the 3rd Annual John Muir Festival. Click to enlarge.
It’s all Muir and nothing but Muir. More details later, but it will be held on and around Hwy 132 – the John Muir Highway that links Coulterville, Greely Hill and Smith Station/Groveland. John M. walked this route on his sojourn to Yosemite from SF in 1868. The communities really go out to celebrate his life and his passion for the outdoors. Me, myself and I will be giving Half Dome talks in both Groveland and Coulterville. I plan to walk on my hands between the two towns at noon. It may be tough but I’ve been practicing and I do wear gloves.
You probably zoom through Groveland on Hwy 120 on your way to the park, but on June 9 I ask you to slow down and smell the rhubarb. Have a brew at the oldest bar in California! The Iron
Door Saloon. And I bet you have never been to Coulterville. It was a happening place in the Gold Rush era and still boasts antique buildings. A crude trail from here allowed entry to Yosemite in 1856. Coulterville was the starting point for the FIRST real road into Yosemite – it beat the Old Big Oak Flat Road project by a month in 1874.
Bookmark this URL for info on the John Muir Festival as we draw near. Come to the Festival – stay for dessert.
Another Muir event is his birthday celebration on April 21 at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. I can’t make it this year, but have been. It’s a nice day. You can take tours of his house. Oh, John can’t make it either, but his descendants usually do.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” – John Muir
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com