Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I must admit that one area of the park that I don’t spend a lot of time in is Wawona. After I do a Half Dome hike, I zip west and back to San Jose. The Hwy 41 route heads too far south for me. Wawona has a history that needs telling. In 1906, California returned Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the Feds. In 1932, the Wawona Basin, including the Wawona Hotel and golf course were purchased and included in the National Park. Wawona was once an Indian encampment. In 1856 Galen Clark built a “hotel” known as Clark’s Station. It served as a stop for visitors in the transit between Yosemite Valley and Mariposa. Clark became the first guardian of the area in 1864. “Guardian” is an interesting term. Almost sounds like an honorary title, but he did get paid to watch over things and keep poachers in line. In 1875, the original Wawona Road opened and the Washburn brothers build a real hotel – the Wawona Hotel. A major attraction in this area is the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and easy access to the big trees.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Although your world wonders me, with your majestic and superior cackling hen – you people I do not understand. So to you I put an end: that you never hear surf music again.” – 3rd Stone from the Sun, Jimi Hendrix Experience.
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com