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Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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The new California 25 cent piece rolls out July 29 with a special ceremony at the Park. Swing by the Visitor Center at 11 am and bring your ugly “other state” quarters. You can exchange them for up to 10 rolls of the highly collectible Yosemite 2010 quarter.


My award worthy book, “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome” has soared to the Amazon Bestsellers Rank of #46,262 in Books. It’s #81 in excursion guides and #7 in Yosemite books. Hoorah! We can feed the dog tonight!

Trivia: Did you know that the John Muir Trail was started in 1916 (soon after his 1914 death) and completed in 1938.  He had hiked the general route with his buds many times. The part we are on even has asphalt – anyone know how they paved it? To stick it has to be hot.

I am giving Half Dome talks this week at REI in Fremont (Tues) and San Carlos (Wed) – both at 7 pm.then Bass Pro in Manteca on Sat at 2. Come by and say hi!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I am Iron Man! Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Can he walk at all? Or if he moves will he fall?” – Black Sabbath
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


6 Responses to “News and stuff”

  1. d.cade Says:

    So, how did they pave it?

  2. mrhalfdome Says:

    So I don’t know…asking you.

  3. LANIE Says:

    I just bought your book, I must have pushed it over 🙂

  4. John Lauer Says:

    The main asphalt area from Happy Isles to the bridge? I am sure they could use most of the same equipment here that they use on roads. What amazes me, is all the stacking of heavy rocks and boulders. I saw trail builders on Upper Yosemite Trail hammering anchors into the granite to secure rope pulleys to move rock into place. They will also stregically sling ropes over tree branches. This can takes hours before they ever move any rock.

    • BellaBike Says:

      Yeah, I saw those kids too. I’ve always wondered how one builds a trail like that, so seeing it was educational. But did you notice none of those kids looked happy? There was a lone young woman who looked like she might’ve been in the middle of a lovers’ spat. I said ‘good morning’ and she just glared at me. Saw the crew again, heading back to their camp that afternoon, and she still didn’t look any happier! Maybe there’s just no joy in pounding rocks, huh. 🙂

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