I’m at the great Yosemite Park for a few days with a couple high school buddies. We attended in Arlington VA. I moved to CA after college and my Air Force time. These guys just rode their cycles from their retired life in Florida all the way out here to hike Half Dome. Whew. We go up tomorrow. We are going on the Yellowstone on this Carpe Diem Adventure.
You can see Yosemite Falls on the webcam, but here is a meadow shot showing that the spigot has been turned off. Dry. Curry village is sold out, but we are snug in our tent cabins. I book about 4 dates a year in advance (hint, hint). I met with the General Manager of Curry and got an update on a few things. Meet Dan Cornforth.
The latest on the drowning of the 6-year old boy last week. His name is Jacob Adams. They have still not found him. Last week there was rain here and that’s why the Merced was flowing so fast. The park is continuing search efforts, but there are many holes that a small person may be trapped in. Not good. There are signs up along the Happy Isles trail alerting people. The part of the Merced below the footbridge is very rough. Not much access for searcher to get to the river.
Update on the hantavirus: The two sick people did not necessarily get the disease at Curry. But when the health authorities tracked their travels, the only common place they both were at is Curry. That was in June. The park is continuing its mouse prevention processes. Good advice is to keep you door closed as much as you can and keep any food particles in the bear vaults. The mice allegedly cannot get into them. (More on that in a future blog.) Years ago I left my pack on my bed while I was out during the day and upon my return, I found my pack had been nibbled into and I had to trash my trail mix and a granola bar. I now sport some black duct tape on the pack as a reminder.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com