NEWS UPDATE: The body found near the base of Vernal Fall has been identified as Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock – one of the 3 who went over July 19. Saturday they also found another body – it will be examined but is probably Ramina Badal, 21 who also went over.
There are many interesting stories and anecdotes about Yosemite. Here’s one provided by our San Rafael (Marin County – hot tub land) office. It’s called simply Elmer. It relates to the accommodations named Housekeeping. Which is a funny name by itself – perhaps a future blog will reveal why it’s called that. This cluster of 3-sided cinder block “U”s offers basic (I mean real basic) overnight relief. You get some bunk beds to put your sleeping bags on and a shower curtain to close off the sleeping area. Communal toilets. Outside is a small enclosed sitting area and access to the Merced is right outside the door. Wonder if the Merced River Plan will put the kibosh on these?
Anyway, Pat T. and his family of hikers stay there annually and love it. (I’m a tent cabin guy.) Here’s his abbreviated story of ELMER. Comment if you have ever heard of this. Kind of a Truth or Dare. Send me your stories.
There are several stories out there. The version I heard is that long ago at Curry as visitors arrived to watch the Firefall, a mother lost her son around sunset. Everyone started calling for him. The calling spread from campsite to campsite. He was found, but from that night on, summer campers call for Elmer. But it’s a really a long
It’s a Housekeeping camp tradition now.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the silver ball. From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all. But I ain’t seen nothing like him in any amusement hall. That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball!” – The Who
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com