From the South

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Hello America! I write you today from San Migel city on Cozumel Island. We’re on the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexican Maya. A welcome 80 degree respite from the heavy rains the SF Bay area has been having. The water is about 77 degrees at 40 feet under. I’m getting strong wifi and today I want to chat a bit about getting to the park from due south. I speak of Highway 41 out of Oakhurst. This run of Hwy 41 from the Fresno County line north to the Park is very hilly and boasts a ton of curves just waiting to grab the sleepy driver. Shoulders are minimal in many spots on the way to Wawona. Traffic continues to become denser and you really need to be alert. The volume of cars northbound on Highway 41 in the greater area near Chukchansi Casino has increased 70% since 2001. That translates to about 20,000 trips a day. Since the Indian casino opened in 2003, traffic has steadily grown. Be careful – since 2003, 47 people have died in vehicle wrecks. There have been over 600 injury accidents along that route. Get to Yosemite safely – be alert.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way.” – John Muir

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

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One Response to “From the South”

  1. Dean Says:

    That’s the route in we took last summer and it is a pleasant drive. The traffic just about disappeared once we were past the Casino.

    We took our time and were coming over from Santa Cruz so we broke the trip up and stayed over near Oakhurst (Hounds Tooth Inn).

    Does indeed get a bit twisty as you approach the valley…just take it slow and enjoy.

    I prefer this route to Priest Grade!

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