Adios 2009 – Welcome 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Full moon setting over Half Dome

Only 2 years to the end of the world. 2012. Right. The whole ritual of New Year’s Eve celebrations escapes me. So we made it thru another  year. (That’s good considering the alternative.)  I find it humorous especially on the West Coast.  We stay up bleary eyed to watch what happened 3 hours earlier in New York. Oh well, tradition.  “Resolutions” are funny too. Health club memberships soar and diet companies get an overload of sign ups. With all that said, I hope you have set a goal of getting up Half Dome in 2010.  To quote James Dean – “Dream as if you’ll live forever – Live as if you’ll die today.” Carpe Diem

     I’d like to thank you faithful blog readers for your support.  Now some statistics. The blog attracts over 100 readers a day. My highest day was in September when a man committed suicide on top of the Dome. 680 hits.  My website  “Accidents” pages draws more readers than any other page.  A lot of macabre people out there. Comments on the blog are thin but my analytics tells me you visit often and are reading. (No identity info.) In less than 3 years of blogging, the website has logged 105,000 page views.  My book, One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome continues to do well, although sales slow down in the winter. Currently  it is rated #149,366 in’s best selling books overall and #13 in Yosemite books. Cool. The 2nd edition will have a ton more info but it won’t be out until spring of 2011.

   OK, enough about me. How about you?  If you want, share what your passion will be in 2010. Have you made your Life List? Your Bucket List?  Remember, if you have a lot of plans to do things someday . . . “someday” never comes. Book those trips NOW. Grab for the gusto while you can!  I’ll be here for you – continuing to share my synapses and motivate you. Half Dome is my passion. I’ll help you get to the top of your mountain. See you next year!

– RangerRick (not really a ranger) – 12/31/2009 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Heaven knows that John the Baptist was not more eager to get all his fellow sinners into the Jordan than I to baptize all of mine in the beauty of God’s mountains” – John Muir, October 1871.

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


3 Responses to “Adios 2009 – Welcome 2010”

  1. Justin L Says:

    Love the blog and read it every single day. Bucket list in 2010 is half dome for a second time. Last year it was going to rain, i made it up for a whole 5 minutes before the clouds rolled it and i had to get down, This year i would like to rest and have lunch on top. First week in June. Thanks for the motivation

  2. Andy Says:

    Keep up the good work on the blog. I have my reservations for next June for my 2nd trip up the Dome. Bringing a friend and his family for their first time.

  3. Dean Says:

    Won’t make it to Yosemite this year I’m afraid…have got my sights on some hikes closer to home, particularly this ridge…

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