Dribs and Drabs

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

   Fearing the Great Snow Blizzard of 2011, Mrs. Dome and I left San Jose-by-the-sea for the security of Carmel-by-the-sea for the weekend. As we headed south on Hwy 101, we saw legions of snow plows being transported north to get ready to clear the streets. Truck after truck loaded with salt for the roads joined in the caravan. The Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport was braced with de-icing trucks and plans to divert landings to San Diego if necessary. National Guard troops were on the ready to house stranded motorists and to bring food to those unable to get out of their driveways. The storm of the Century was just hours away.  Warm in our emergency shelter in Carmel, we safely sat out the weather with Yosey (as in Yosemite) on guard. News reports kept us informed as to the fate of our loved ones. As I write all is safe once again. The roads have been cleared and mountains of snow from the hundreds of snow clearing trucks rises skyward in empty shopping malls. Now, life is pretty much back to normal. Whew.

   We talked about this before but to remind you, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite is now closed it undergoes a major remodel and safety upgrade. It will be closed until March 17 for the $8 million refurb. What slow economy?

     I’ve posted my REI speaking schedule for March on the website. Talks are free; the jokes are priceless – come by and chew the fat.

Mar 8         REI Fremont, 43962 Fremont Blvd, 7 pm
Mar 16      
 REI San Francisco, 840 Brannan,  7 pm        
Mar 22
      REI Marina, 145 General Stillwell Drive, 7 pm
Mar 24       
REI Brentwood, 2475 Sand Creek Road, 7 pm

     ***Half Dome Permits available March 1 – that’s Tuesday in the USA.*** 


Unrelated thought worth quoting: Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is the lightning that does the work.” Mark Twain 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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