We’re special

Half  Dome – Yosemite Musing
I lost my cool on Saturday at the park but I think you would agree. Our party was hiking up the lower Mist Trail – the one most use to get to Half Dome. Soon after the Vernal Fall bridge, we came to the split with the John Muir Trail. The gate was closed as it usually is during the heart of the winter.

This is because the Fall sprays a light mist over the granite steps, freezes and makes it really dangerous to go up. We really wanted to see the top and explore the frozen areas around the fall, but agreed that since it said CLOSED, we should not proceed. It’s a federal misdemeanor to breech a posted sign. As we mulled over where to hike, a group of about a dozen people came up and went right around the closed gate.

When I told them the trail was closed – as written on the gate, I got a reply from a man in his 50’s – that “It’s OK, I’ve been coming here for 30 years and go right up.” What? Who died and made you Pope? Come on, all it takes is for a person to slip and crack their skull and next we get barbed wire across the trails. It makes me want to scream. Today’s quote is right on!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.” – John Muir

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


4 Responses to “We’re special”

  1. Laurie Says:

    Closed means closed! But you can’t protect people from their own stupidity. If someone falls after going behind a closed gate, they assume all liability — and it should say that on the sign on the gate.

  2. Justin L Says:

    It always amazes me on the number of people who think the rules don’t apply to them!!!!

  3. BellaBike Says:

    Sign Sign everywhere a sign
    Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
    Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign

    Bet ol’ John Muir didn’t have no signs…

  4. mrhalfdome Says:

    “And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight
    So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right.”

    Well, old John would have known better than to go up an icy rock path and crack his noggin’ . . . 21st Century Droids don’t.

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