Walk in Muir’s footsteps

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing


What are you doing next month? Want to walk to Yosemite?” “Nah, let’s wait ‘til spring.” That’s what Alex McInturff did last April. I said WALK from San Fran to Yosemite -over 300 miles. Why? To replicate what John Muir did in 1868. Seems young John was fresh off the boat from South America and had the urge to get away from it all. So he hoofed it. Alex is now a grad student at a small time college near here called Stanford. He may turn his 5-week trek into a Master’s Thesis in his Earth Systems major.  True to history, he started in San Francisco, then crossed over to Oakland via ferry (just like John M.) then  south to Gilroy, over Pacheco Pass, through the Central Valley and into Yosemite National Park. He didn’t crawl under overpasses for the nights; he stayed with friends along the route, spent some nights in local campgrounds and a few nights (and a hot shower) in motels. He blogged at libraries and documented his trip with 2,000 jpegs. To read the whole account in the first person go to <HERE>. It will take you a while to go through the whole trip.  Alex isn’t the first to try this. Peter and Donna Thomas did it in 2006. But that, children, is tomorrow’s story. Now turn the light out and go to bed.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Leave your cares behind. Come with us and find the pleasures of a journey to the center of the mind.  Come along if you care. Come along if you dare. Take a ride to the land inside of your mind. Beyond the seas of thought, beyond the realm of what.  Across the streams of hopes and dreams, where things are really not.” – The Amboy Dukes

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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