Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Get or Give permits<HERE>
A last thought on taking care of your temple. Get a good night’s sleep 2 nights before your Half Dome hike. It is that rest that will carry you through on the big day. The night before is important, but you may be so excited that you may not hit REM sleep for very long … Don’t sweat it … use ear plugs, eyeshades and lay quietly – rest your body even if your head is jittery. Oooo ahhhh – bears, cables, dehydration, sore muscles …. Oooooo you have plenty to run through your mind. Get to bed about 9 – have all your stuff laid out for the morning. Use your checklist and touch everything your plan to take the night before. No sweat.
I’ll be up at the park the 6th and 7th I was able to give some permits out to readers on the Get or Give permits thread above. If you need tix, keep reading for nay new entries. I’ve seen a ton of “wanted” listings on Craig’s list. Neil R. of Newark, CA won some of my permits and scooted up the rock with no problem. Here he is on the Visor.
I’m thinking of skipping HD this time and instead hike the old Big Oak Flat Road just west of El Cap to the top near Tamarack Flat. I do HD so much that I need to do other hikes. Then maybe kick back in the El Cap meadow and gawk at the big boys and girls going up. Mellow.
By now you heard about the grizzly maulings at Jellystone Park. Not good. But if it helps, no one has ever been killed by a bear at Yo-Semite since the white’s stumbled in. Whew.
The park has developed the Yosemite Web GIS Portal, a new web-based mapping site similar to Google Earth. The site is extremely user-friendly yet contains detailed information about park resources and infrastructure, based on the park’s extensive GIS spatial data library. Employees are getting trained now and a public version of the site will be introduced later.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I Fell into a burning Ring of Fire. I went down, down, down and the flames went higher. And it burns, burns, burns – The Ring Of Fire.” – Johnny Cash
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com