Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Chief Tenaya was the leader of the Ahwaneechee when the Mariposa Battalion entered Yosemite Valley in 1851. The locals were forced out and Anglos came in droves. The Battalion named the large lake in the Tuolumne area after the chief. The clear alpine lake is nestled among tall granite domes and tall trees. Because of its proximity to Highway 120 (the Tioga Road), it suffers a lot of human impact. The lake is one of the most popular destinations for summer visitors in Yosemite. The park will begin the implementing actions to improve the visitor experience there. Restoration of the East Beach area will begin this summer. Future project phases include: ecological restoration, picnic area improvements, restroom, trailhead and parking improvements.
The National Park Service has just released a key document in the process to improve the lake. It is called (take a deep breath) – Tenaya Lake Area Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). (Fonzi was the star of the TV series Happy Days – no relation. They have determined that implementation of the Tenaya Lake Area Plan will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment; therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. The FONSI is available <HERE> for your late night reading enjoyment. Remember, Yosemite is YOUR park – keep aware.
You’re invited to join me for a day hike on Sunday May 22 at the park. I’ll be giving a talk at the LeConte Memorial Lodge that night at 8 pm. Be sure to check the LeConte out when you are at the park. It’s located across from the Housekeeping area, near Curry. Bonnie Gissel is the curator and is a fun person to meet. She puts together a great evening speaker program and I am honored to be featured. Reader and Half Dome lover, Norm S. will be joining me on the hike. I have no idea what we will be hiking – depends on what trails are open. The gates at Clark Point and the Mist trail are now open, so no fear of icy footing. Maybe we’ll go up the Vernal Fall Mist Trail to survey the remnants of La Casa Nevada – Snow’s Hotel that flourished from 1870 to 1890. Or maybe Yosemite Falls. We’ll be lodging at Curry Village so holler if you want to join the expedition.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” – John Muir
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