Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Well we struck out again today. The rains that hit the Bay Area were up at Yosemite also . No chance for a Horsetail Fall glow. A ranger told me that Wednesday it light up but the fall is only about 50 feet at the top. Not enough water. He said about 150 cars were in the area trying to get a shot. Said people are blogging about it now so the crowds have really built up. Ooops.
So during the day we did a long hike up from the Happy Isles area to Clark‘s Point. The Mist Trial is closed as well as the upper John Muir Trail beyond Clark’s Point and up the Panorama Cliff. This photoshows what it is like.
A lot of snow at about 5,000 feet and up. Gaiters and poles realy saved our bacon. There are also a lot of downed trees blocking the trail. Seems there was a major snowstorm 2 weeks ago that ripped things up. There is a lot of road construction going on around the main Village. Yosemite Falls is flowing at a good rate. A bad day at Yosemite is better than a good day in suburbia. Carpe Diem.
We are staying in a signature heated tent cabin in Curry. These used to be employee housing and they are nice. A standard tent cabin with plywood nailed on all the inner walls for insulation. And a real nice heater. To my surprise the Curry Buffett is $23.50! Yikes, it was $12 last summer. We opted instead for the Degnan’s pizza.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com