Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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If you are a parent, grandparent or aunt/uncle and love Yosemite and want to transmit this to the kids in your life, consider sending them to the Yosemite Institute’s two-week summer field research course. Yosemite Institute is a campus of NatureBridge, the largest non-profit education partner of the National Park Service. They are tied into YNP big time and have set up a neat 2-week field backpacking course – good for college credit. While chasing tadpoles, the students will create an ecological research project. The program runs from July 30 through August 12. Sound good? For more info click <HERE>. Just think, 2 weks of quiet t your adobe. .
I hope yall are doing your Half Dome training hikes. Here’s a suggestion for a fun one that has a lot of history to it. It’s a neat limited access opportunity to see some unusual terrain and wildflowers in the area west of the San Luis Reservoir south of San Jose. It’s a 5 mile RT called “The Path of the Padres Hike.” It traces part of the route that the missionaries used from the San Juan Bautista Mission to the Pacheco Pass and on to the Central Valley. The hikes are held on some Fridays and most Saturdays & Sundays through April 23rd. The hike begins at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp at 8 am and returns about 3:30 pm. A pontoon boat carries hikers for about a half hour to the west end of the reservoir. The trek is moderately strenuous and takes about 5 hours. The guided hikes cost $12. Reservations can be made by calling the Four Rivers Association at 209-826-1197.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.” – John Muir
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com