Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Did you know that John Muir WALKED from San Francisco to Yosemite in 1868? He was 29 when he arrived in San Francisco from New York, via Panama (before the canal). When he got off the boat, he was overwhelmed by the masses and asked how to get to someplace wild. He was told to go to Yosemite. OK, he could not walk across the bay, so he rode a ferry to Oakland THEN started his walk. Down the east bay to San Jose, over Pacheco Pass (now Hwy 152 before the San Luis reservoir) and across the Central Valley and into the wild. He did it in March accompanied by an Englishman named Chilwell and loved it. We complain about the 4 hour drive!
If you want to try this adventure, I recommend a new book by 2 Santa Cruz residents who replicated John Muir’s walk – as close as one can with new roads, private propery and malls in his original path. The book is by Santa Cruz residents Peter and Donna Thomas as is titled Muir Ramble Route. It’s $17 but goes for $13 on Amazon.
They give step by step directions and include any warnings on the surroundings. You can also do it via car or public transportation. They talk about what hotels or camping areas you might use. The entire 300 mile trek is broken down into 7 sections. It took them 4 years of extensive research to put this trip and book together. A tip of the hat to the Thomas’ – good job and thanks!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “To ask me whether I could live without friends is absurd. It is easy enough to live out of material sight of friends, but to live without human love is impossible .” – John Muir, 1873
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com