John Muir’s walk to Yosemite in 1868

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
     During these dark, dreary and rainy days we all need to take advantage of this time away from Yosemite to bone up on our park education. I’ve blogged a couple times about the project of Santa Cruz residents Donna and Peter Thomas and their 2006 walk to Yosemite from San Francisco, in the footsteps of John Muir. Yes, that dude walked the whole way.  Their subsequent book, Muir Ramble Route documents how he did it – and how YOU can do it. (See my Aug 23, 2010 blog for details.)

In period clothes

    Now you  have a chance to meet them in person and hear their tale. Mark down next Saturday, Nov 27 at noon. Come to the Four Rivers Association (Los Banos area) Annual Meeting at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area Headquarters. Take the Basalt exit south from Highway 152, and then turn right, to 31426 Gonzaga Road (next to the San Luis Reservoir dam).  This is a Pot Luck Luncheon so bring something to share. The Thomas’ will talk about their hike with a focus on just how they got over Pacheco Pass in one piece! Their book describes that this was one of the hardest parts of their Muir walk recreation, dodging SUV’s going over 70 mph. See you there?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future.” – Rabbi Nochem Kaplan

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


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