Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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There are several Gateway cities to Yosemite including Groveland, Mariposa, Oakhurst, Sonora and Lee Vining. Each has Visitor/Tourist Centers that cater to the businesses surrounding the park. When arriving from the Bay Area via Hwy 120/108, you will make a hard right turn just south of Sonora onto Hwy 120. If you were to continue straight on 108 the road heads over the Sonora Pass. Just after you make the turn to Yosemite, look to your left. You will see the Tuolumne County Visitor Center building.
It is a seasonal facility with the main office being in downtown Sonora. This county boasts the Gold Country towns of Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Twain Harte, Angel’s Camp, Murphys and Groveland. One of my favorite things to do is spelunking (caving) in the foothill caves. The visitor center can link you up with everything about Yosemite and the surrounding area. Stop by and tell them Mr Half Dome sent you.
Other news: Yosemite Fire & Rescue is holding an open house at their Crane Flat Helitack base on Saturday and Sunday Sept 25 & 26.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com