Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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The Park has a “Visitor Use and Social Science Branch” that leads a lot of the studies used in park planning. They are located off-site down at the huge Park Administrative area in El Portal. Bret Meldrum is the Branch Chief. They are beginning studies in Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne, and Yosemite Valley that utilize GPS units to collect visitor travel information. So if you come through the gates and are given a GPS unit, you will be told what they want you to do with it. This data will be analyzed and used for many purposes. Visitors who receive these units are asked to return them to research staff or a designated drop box in the park. As a fallback you can give them up at the visitor centers or the gates as you leave.
Road work – through August 10 expect delays on North and Southside Drive as crews trim trees. Down on Hwy 140 at El Portal some major road sealing will be done so be careful of wet asphalt.
Bear news: So far this year there have been 45 bear incidents resulting in $9,000 in human stuff being damaged or taken. 19 of those were in campgrounds and ZERO were in the Wilderness. Overall, incidents are down 77% compared to the same time last year, and down 88% since 1998.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Eight miles high and when you touch down y7ou’ll find that it’s stranger than known. Signs in the street that say where you’re going are somewhere just being their own.” – The Byrds
*MrHalfDome(tm) – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com