Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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How about those giant tour busses that clog the Bridalveil Fall parking lot? Are they safe? Well earlier this month the park enlisted the CHP, the San Francisco Police Department, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the California Public Utility Commission to inspect 56 buses in the park. Of the 56 vehicles inspected, 23 vehicles were released with no violations. Another 28 vehicles were issued minor violation notices for repairs. In addition, a total of 24 violation notices were issued to companies and bus-drivers. A total of 5 buses were placed out of service for mechanical deficiencies; 5 drivers were ordered out of service for driver’s logbook violations and driving without the proper classification, and 2 buses ordered out of service for not having California authority to transport passengers. “Operation Road Check” is a national program that is considered to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world.
In park news, Tuolumne Meadows is pretty clear of snow and the standing water is hatching a bumper crop of mosquitoes. Also, the gas station is now open. PC’s up there are not operational so the backcountry office is issuing handwritten permits.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime no help from my friends. So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.” – Janis Joplin
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com