First to see the valley

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Most of the ancient scrolls say that the Mariposa Battalion were the first whites to see Yosemite Valley. But occasional anecdotal mention is made of a fur hunting party lead by Joseph Walker.

Scottish Explorer Joseph Walker

There is some feeling that as they heading south through the Sierra towards Monterey, they might have actually came upon the northern extremes of Yosemite Valley.  This is 1833. Almost 20 years earlier. But why didn’t they follow up? Why didn’t they shout upon high that Nirvana had been seen? His party were the first to travel from the east over the Sierra towards the west – that we know. Journals indicate they may have criss-crossed between the Tuolumne and Yosemite Valleys and that they did not have the ability to descend into the valleys.  So how do we know that they actually described the cliffs and rocks at Yosemite in their recollections?  You can learn more and find out these answers on January 10 at the Livermore Library. John Hiskes and his son, Grant have done a lot of research on this and wrote “The Discovery of Yosemite 1833.”  He will present his findings at 2 pm next Sunday. Set your GPS for the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Ave. See the library’s website <HERE>. See you there. A tip of the hat to blog reader Brian G. for this lead.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: For the ladies: “He went away and you hung around and bothered me, every night. And when I wouldn’t go out with you, you said things that weren’t very nice. My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble. You see him comin’ better cut out on the double. You been spreading lies that I was untrue, so look out now cause he’s comin’ after you ” – The Angels

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


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