Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
A story out of Santa Cruz caught my eye today. For those not familiar, the Santa Cruz mountains are pretty rugged and home to many nice parks. Big Basin is my favorite but the forest of Nicene Marks is a close second. Henry Cowell is another good one. There is a unit of the bigger Cowell park called Fall Creek. It is known for its rugged setting with trails that are pretty much “in nature.” Turns out a 59-yr old woman described as a “hiker and biker” got lost in there for 6 days. It’s been pretty cold lately and when she was found by a volunteer searcher, her feet were numb. Fine, “stuff” can happen to anybody. What caught my eye was the statement that she also got lost in October and had to spend a night in the woods. Hmmm, nothing learned? Although she said she slipped down into a ravine and could not get out, she stayed there 6 days and nights. Hoping she would be rescued. Her survival strategy: “conserve energy and wait for help.” Gee, the grim reaper might be the only one along.
So my message – what about the “10 essentials” of hiking that we are all supposed to carry (thanks to the Boy Scouts)?
Matches & Fire starter
Map & Compass
Even for a putsy nearby hike there is one thing I am never without-a whistle. And tell someone where you are going. If you have no one, leave a note on your car dash.
In other news, Tom Leatherman has been appointed superintendent for Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front NHP, John Muir NHS, and Eugene O’Neill NHS. He replaces Martha Lee, who transferred to the post of deputy regional director for the NPS Pacific West Region. I met her at the John Muir April Birthday party in Martinez 2 years ago. Nice lady. These are 4 Bay area parks that I need to see. A good rainy day event! Anyone been?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com