Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The Yosemite Fund picked up the tab for 56 park projects in 2009. This was provided by over $5M in donations. Since 1988, The Yosemite Fund has supported over 300 projects totaling more than $55 million in support. Projects included were in the areas of: Trail Access and Repair; Habitat Restoration Visitor Services and Education; Cultural and Historic Preservation; Scientific Research and Wildlife Management .The Fund’s major project this year was the $800K rehabilitation of the Half Dome Overlook on Hwy 120 as you approach the valley. Other projects included restoring Wawona Meadow, repairing the Red Peak Pass backcountry trail and Valley Loop trail, protecting Peregrine Falcons and restoring amphitheaters near several Valley campgrounds. See <here> for more info. No word yet on what projects were approved for 2010. I did get word that my proposal to do a safety video on hiking Half Dome was not.
As a digression, I am now in Quebec and ready to head home after 3 weeks teaching Nordic Walking to passengers on the Crystal Cruise lines ships. Yesterday we had SNOW on the deck. A far cry from my time in the Mediterranean. Here’s a funny one. I did my laundry and mistakenly had my cell phone in a pocket. So my Sony-Ericsson went through 30 minutes of wash and an hour of dry. Duh. I opened it up, took the SD card,and the battery out. It now works perfectly. – No blog tomorrow as I will be flying back to San Jose.
Related thought worth quoting: “TIMEX – takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin” – TV ad from the 1960’s
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com