Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I lost my cool on Saturday at the park but I think you would agree. Our party was hiking up the lower Mist Trail – the one most use to get to Half Dome. Soon after the Vernal Fall bridge, we came to the split with the John Muir Trail. The gate was closed as it usually is during the heart of the winter.
This is because the Fall sprays a light mist over the granite steps, freezes and makes it really dangerous to go up. We really wanted to see the top and explore the frozen areas around the fall, but agreed that since it said CLOSED, we should not proceed. It’s a federal misdemeanor to breech a posted sign. As we mulled over where to hike, a group of about a dozen people came up and went right around the closed gate.
When I told them the trail was closed – as written on the gate, I got a reply from a man in his 50’s – that “It’s OK, I’ve been coming here for 30 years and go right up.” What? Who died and made you Pope? Come on, all it takes is for a person to slip and crack their skull and next we get barbed wire across the trails. It makes me want to scream. Today’s quote is right on!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com