Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Another glorious weekend at Yosemite. Although it rained heavy Saturday and Sunday, it was sunny Monday and it looks good for the week ahead. I hiked up to Glacier Point Friday and Monday. The water on the trail is flowing, so Gortex boots are very handy. Hiking Poles are mandatory in my book. A few stream crossing were way easier with the poles. I talked to a ranger at Glacier Pt and he said that the High Sierra Camps may not open at all this summer since it will be very late until the snows are clear. Sorry if you won lottery slots.
The Holiday Horde arrived Friday evening and the place was jammed. I heard folks were turned away at the gate since the park was “at capacity.” I think that really means that all campgrounds and lodging were fully booked. They asked if you had reservations.
Curry was a beehive and a long line ran out the door for dinner. Tip – Go inside and get in line at 5:00 pm – they open at 5:30. Then go right to the main course line. If you wait and get a salad first, the line for the good stuff will be huge. The lobster, shrimp and filet mignon go fast. By the way if you are over 60, you get $2.00 off. Don’t be proud – take the discount.
Rumor is that the new Royal couple (William and Kate) – YAWN – will be coming to Yosemite and the Ahwahnee Hotel July 8-10. Their honeymoon?? A good reason to keep away. Wonder if he needs a permit?
For a little fun – A Hearty Handclasp if you can identify this waterfall.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.” – Paul Scott
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com