Glad yall liked the April Fool stunt. Our readership doubled, so you must have sent your friends to the blog. Laffing is good for the soul.
Now back to business. The Yosemite Conservancy Spring Forum was great. Nice to see many of you there.
A special shout out to Maureen L., a frequent commenter to the blog. Superintendent Don Neubacher gave a kick off talk as well as a park update.
The programs were great, including a cool John Muir – Teddy Roosevelt mini-play recreating their meeting on El Cap.
I enjoyed Greg Stock’s Rockslide talk and the bear ranger. Ranger Jack Hoeflick gave a superb YOSAR talk with video and many photos of rescues and recoveries.
I did a short video interview (as did dozens of other members) with Steve Baumgardner. He produces the Nature Notes series. I talked up Half Dome but didn’t do any plugs – I might make the cut. I dunno when this video will air. Plan on the Fall Forum Sept 29 at Wawona, then the next Spring Forum on March 23, 2013. I’ll dribble out more stuff from the Forum in future blogs to keep this short. Don’t be a “poser” – join the Yosemite Conservancy.
I left thepark at 4 pm Saturday. Just as the rain was changing to heavy snow….34 degrees By the time I got to El Cap on Northsicde Dr I was getting worried I’d have to chain up. Hwy 120 and 41 were chains already – but I made it down the lower Hwy 140. By El Portal it was just a drizzle. I wonder if folks got stranded at the park.
Oh, I almost freaked out Friday night. I stayed at the Yosemite Bug in Midpines – in the “co-ed” dorm – 12 beds. Wow, I am an old fart….this was weird. As I was shaving at 6 am Saturday morning, a woman walked into the co-ed bathroom, closed the stall door and proceeded to, well, er, “toilet.” Yikes.
Reminder: The Planning Group is hosting a Merced River Plan workshop on April 4 in San Fran. If you can get to this one, it’s 5:30-8 p.m. at Fort Mason Center’s Golden Gate Room. Also, consider joining a 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11 webinar—register at yose.webex.com. I’ve been on the first webinar and saw the MRP preso at the Forum so I’m not going. I even got a nice hard copy of the Workbook – much easier to read than the PDF on screen. You can pick one up at any of the in-person workshops. I’ve blogged a lot about the many, many changes that could occur. Speak up and get your comments in by April 20 or some special interest group, 7 states away may decide the fate of the park.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill.” – John Muir
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com