As summer nears, Yosemite news is worth reading

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Yesterday the park announced that they are raising the fees for the 2-day mini lottery for Half Dome permits.

Effective when cables get up. and the 2-day process kicks in. Target is  the end of May – but TBD due to snow).

50+ permits will be released daily. ONLY via lottery on recreation.gov

$10 to apply and $10 per person per permit. This increase is small – but smells like a bit of “bait and switch.” Reason given is increase in costs by vendor to administer. Didn’t the NPS negotiate that months ago? What’s your take?

Dollar by dollar, the increases over the years make it hard for lower income visitors. I recall when admission to the park was $5.00.  OK, decades ago, but $30 per car now is significant.

WEATHER
Check this out….a flood warning for a whole month!

BIG OAK FLAT ROAD
Still being worked on. Watch for one-lane traffic and closures. LEAVE early or you will sit for a very long time.

More info on BOF road damage

MISSING MAN
Alexander Joseph Sevier, US Navy has been mission in the park since May 3.  He’s stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He’s 5’6″, 128 lbs. Black hair, Brown eyes. Seen him?   Contact a ranger.

missing hiker

Seaman Sevier missing in Yosemite

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Is there anybody out there?” –  Pink Floyd
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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