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Half Dome – Yosemite Musing


     The reservation pipeline is opening December 15 to snag reservations for all Yosemite Valley Campgrounds with  arrival dates of March 15-May 14. They will go on sale Thursday Dec 15 at 7am Pacific Time.  Mark this down NOW so you don’t forget. Remember, Hans and Frans from across the pond will be your competition. They will be wide awake. Set your alarm. There will be no sales for this time period for Yosemite Valley camping prior to December 15.

     If you are Hetch Hetchy hiker, be advised that the heavy duty bridge near Rancheria Falls got clobbered during the October deluge. Although made with steel I-Beams, it is now a shadow of itself. No further word if / when it will be repaired.
     This anecdote from Half Dome vet and blog reader Norm S. We all know that the NPS posted a ranger at Sub Dome to check for permits. We often guessed at what the penalty would be if you did the hike without a permit. After all, these are Federal Law Enforcement officers who are checking permits. Since the rangers were only manning the turnstile during the heavy flow times (roughly10 am to 3 pm) it was possible to go up the cables outside that window. During a mid-September hike he overheard a Ranger question a couple who just came down from HD and were descending  the Sub Dome staircase. She asked for their tickets.  They claimed they didn’t know that they had to have them.(duh)   She told them there were four signs along the trail which indicated the need for a ticket. She asked each person for their driver’s license and radioed in the information. (1-Adam 12, 1-Adam 12) She didn’t issue a paper citation. But told them if they were stopped again by a Ranger this incident would come up on the record.  They asked how long the it would remain in the computer. She responded, “indefinitely.”  Wow, so now we know.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I hear the train a comin’. It’s rolling round the bend. And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when. I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on. But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone.” – Johnny Cash

 *MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


9 Responses to “Camping news”

  1. Dean Says:

    I was reminiscing about driving to Yosemite in 07 on HW120 and have a memory of passing a signed viewpoint, something like “The Edge of the World” or something…we didn’t stop but it stuck with me.

    I wonder if anyone knows where it is? As a guess I’d say on the 120 Big Oak Flat close to Buck Meadows possibly? I seem to recall it was a forested section…

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      I’ve never seen that one. A funny one – on Hwy 84 that leads from 680 to (eventually ) 580 thru Livermore, there is a big billboard sign with a hand painted “Carpe Diem.” Cool.

  2. andy Says:

    Norm S should be put away for life and made to listen to rap music on a daily basis.
    Why would anyone expect to have access to land WE as the public own?

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      I think you read this entry too fast. Norm was observing people trying to scam up the cables without a permit. You are being too harsh on the messenger.

      Rap music – now you got me started. I was at a big auto industry show in Vegas 2 weeks ago and in the giant FORD booth – as a celebrity – was Snoop Doggie Dogg. (Real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus). You may know him from his pimping career or long police record. Sigh.

  3. Randy Says:

    I remember the viewpoint that Dean is talking about on route 120. It is located maybe 4 or 5 miles beyond Buck Meadows, on the left side of the highway. I don’t remember the exact name, somthing like “window on the world” or “view of the world”. I have never actually stopped there either.

  4. andy Says:

    “I think you read this entry too fast. Norm was observing people trying to scam up the cables without a permit. You are being too harsh on the messenger”

    You’re right! Sorry Norm S.
    I was actually kind of siding with the permit scammers…
    I don’t know what it is, it just really bugs me.

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      The problem is there are too many “we” in the WE the people. 300+M Americans and 7B earthlings. So like the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, HD got too popular and overdosed. When I was a kid in the DC Area, we could WALK up and down the Washington Monument 555 steps. Well, times change. As we hashed out many times last winter, the park HAD to do something. Even Mr HD saw that 1200 a day was too many. So the NPS, put there by we the people, had a hairball problem and came up with a solution. Hooray – nobody fell in 2010. So we deal with it. Remember, taking the cables down is an alternative.

  5. Kathy Says:

    I think that location is Rim of the World – it is US Forest service area. Supposedly has a US Forest maintained Potty there and many stop as a last stop before they get to the valley. Probably vaulted toilet. I have never stopped there myself. Don’t know if it also has a US Forest Maintained campground or not.

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