Marines take the dome

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
    On August 7, a group of active and former US Marines (you are never an ex-Marine) made the hike up Half Dome as part of the 5th Annual Lewis B. Puller Memorial. Puller was a Marine Lt. who lost his legs and parts of both hands when he stepped on an enemy land mine in Vietnam 1968. He told the story of his ordeal in an inspiring book titled “Fortunate Son.”  This annual event commemorates the sacrifices made by service members. They do the hike the first week of August on Purple Heart Day, which is the same day Marines landed on Guadalcanal in 1942. It is intended to recognizes the sacrifices made by service members fighting in the Global War on Terrorism. Five groups of hikers, made up of Marines, sailors, and civilian friends and family members, made the trek up Half Dome.

To see more photos of the hike click <HERE>.  I was a bit concerned that their hike included a planned swim at Emerald Pool. This is very dangerous and prohibited by the Park Service. It’s too easy to lose it and go over Vernal Fall. I plan to contact them and offer support for the 2010 hike as remind them of the danger.
    In other news, I’d avoid the Wawona to Valley road this summer.  It will be under rehabilitation from April until November of 2011. It will affect 24 miles of the Wawona Road from Yosemite Valley to the South Entrance. Plan on up to 30-minute delays.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Purple haze all in my brain. Lately things just don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why – ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky .” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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