Oprah Part 2

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Today was the network showing of Part 2 of Oprah Winfrey’s celebrity trip to Yosemite. If you had to work, you didn’t miss anything terribly exciting. She actually seemed like a nice person who did not appear to be pampered on her first camping trip – albeit in a rigid camper. I understand that the park was given a week notice to arrange things. The publicity was worth the inconvenience.  The Chief of Media & External Relations, Scott Gediman, was the lead arranger. NPS’ poster child, Sheldon Johnson was given a nice cameo.

He rode into Lower Pines on horseback and chatted with Oprah, Gail (her friend of 30 years) and nearby gawkers. He related the Buffalo Soldier’s story dressed in his 1865 vintage Calvary uniform.

The ladies immediately retired after an Oprah cooked sea bass dinner.  I suppose the crew packed everything into the bear-proof storage boxes.  In the morning, we were given a look at a billionaire in her jammies.

The party then attempted fly fishing on the Merced without luck. Finally, she made a good natured plea for blacks and other minorities to visit the National Parks.  It was a well done segment and further catapulted Yosemite into the national limelight. Maybe I’ll invite her to hike Half Dome!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Whether you believe you and do a thing or not – you are right.” – Henry Ford


*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


9 Responses to “Oprah Part 2”

  1. john Says:

    Wow, no Glacier Point, no trail walking, no horseback riding… boring! Kudos for her getting in the water, though. She obviously does not “rough it” much. It would have been funny if when Oprah kept making jokes about so few American blacks coming to the park, someone would have informed her that 100 % of the BEARS are American Blacks.

  2. andy Says:

    I don’t quite get purpose for the park to generate publicity. Doesn’t that equal more use? At the same time use is being restricted right and left!
    AKA Half Dome.
    I’m not trying to be sarcastic here, I really don’t understand why. Oh Guru of all things Dome, please enlighten me. 🙂

  3. Sönke Says:

    Welcome To Disneyland!

    I share Andy’s point of view.

    In my humble opinion it’s totally unnecessary and idiotic to generate this kind of publicity.

    And what would stop any kind of person – black/white/green/purple/yellow – to visit a NP?! I couldn’t care less about the color of the skin of a person because that’s not how I judge people.

    Two thumbs down…

    • john Says:

      MONEY, just for starters. Time, education, culture. I need one of those free Tahoe hybrids.

      • Sönke Says:

        sorry, those are just cheap excuses. I don’t have ANY time and money. I have some education but I earned it. Nothing in life comes free. I got a bag of other serious problems that keep me busy 24/7. nothing of this would or could stop me from going to yosemite. so if you want to go you can go. just my two cents…

    • john Says:

      If I had more time and money, I would head right to Mt. Kilimenjaro, and Sarengheti safari-ing.

  4. Laurie Says:

    She’s run a marathon so she could probably train for it — who knows. But then again — we’d have more competition for HD permits! And can you imagine a film crew trying to hike the cables????

  5. mrhalfdome Says:

    She now has a lot pf poundage that would need to be addressed. But she has a good attitude. Anyone can do the hike – with Education, Preparation and Motivation.

    Agree on the film crew. I went up in June with the Oakland Museum crew in preparation for the summer 2011 John Muir exhibition…. both guys had 30 pounds and were huffing.

    • john Says:

      O would just get permission to land on or near Half Dome summit in a helicoptor. IMAX camera crews get to Mt. Everest summit at over 29,000 ft. Getting up 8900 feet to Half Dome summit would be a relative cakewalk to die-hard professionals. No need for supplemental oxygen, no need to deal with snow or cold temperatures. On a good day, they could do it I’m shorts and sandals

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