Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Welcome back. The Internet at Curry Village has been down for 4 days, making it hard to publish the blog. The word at the park is WATER. Everywhere. Forget the cables for a long time. Sub Dome and its approach are covered – deeply. The Merced alongside the roads is at the banks but not rising higher through the valley. Outside the park along 140 towards Mariposa it is a full-tilt boogie.
Blog reader and Half Dome aficionado, Norm S. joined me for a spirited hike up Yosemite Falls. I got some really nice photos. I even snapped a few at 12 megapixels. Parts of that trail are covered in water, so hiking poles were valuable. The downhill was pretty well mandatory for poles. The tent cabin complex was interspersed with large puddles. Mud was right up to some cabin doors. Fun.
Behind Curry, as you look up towards the right side of Glacier Point, “Stairstep” Falls was running. It is thin and is seasonal – it is flowing now. Although the temps are in the solid 50+’s, clear skies yield to clouds by the early afternoon so the sun is not melting the snow up high. 7,000 feet or so is the line.
I’ll be back on line tomorrow with more info on the permits. Things are not like the media is reporting. And a tip of the hat to McDonald’s and Starbucks for offering FREE wifi.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com