Social Science

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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    You may have seen young folks doing surveys at thepark. They are part of a Visitor Use and Social Science Research project ongoing this summer (June 15 – August 31, 2010)
Cooperating organizations include The Student Conservation Association, University of Vermont, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Resource Systems Group, Humboldt State University, and David Evans and Associates. These studies range from visitor survey implementation on trails and roadways to pedestrian and vehicular visitor use estimation efforts using instrumentation and observation. The general locations where these studies are being conducted are throughout the Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, and Hetch Hetchy. Staff members will be in university, agency uniforms, or NPS volunteer attire when interviewing. You may see them at the Half Dome cables counting noses.
    I’ll be attending the annual Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City all next week. This is the manufacturers and buyers conclave held at the Ice Palace. It’s huge. Every company involved in the Outdoor market will be placing orders for items coming out in the spring. I bring my camera and will take shots and give yall info on neat stuff and the happenings. The event is not open to the public. I’ll be meeting with several and walking the booths in search of gear we can use on the Half Dome trail.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Feeling’s gettin’ stronger. Music’s gettin’ longer too. Music is flashin me –  want to take you higher.” – Sly and the Family Stone
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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