Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Simple rule: If a waterfall cascades down to the bottom, it is called “Falls.” (plural) As in Yosemite Falls. If the water drops straight down unimpeded, it is singular: “Fall.” As in Vernal Fall. Really. The park is generally pretty good about the distinction. I admit it’s extreme trivia, but now it grates me to see it messed up – especially by the park. As you trundle up the John Muir Trail out of Happy Isles on your way to Half Dome, you are greeted with a mileage sign. This photo of the sign was taken in the 1960’s and has it correct.
The next photo was taken last year. This sign has been up for a very long time … I’d say since the 1980’s. Note the typo that the carpenter made when he whittled it. FALLS.This photo of the same sign was taken a month ago. Note that someone (wonder who) did a correction via red tape. I bet some do-gooder already took it off. Sigh.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hey, tonight, gonna be tonight. Don’t you know I’m flyin’, tonight, tonight. Hey, c’mon. Gonna chase tomorrow, tonight, tonight.” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com