The “Other Valley” – Hetch Hetchy

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     Yosemite was pleasant today. Back to a nice small crowd. I could actually drive thru the valley in 20 minutes – not the 2 hours it took on the 3rd. Today was down at Hetch Hetchy. I haven’t done much hiking there and did not do so today either.



    Was there with our German subsidiary and we all toured the dam and navigated the tunnel. They stil haven’t found the body of the hiker who drowned last week. The bridge at Wapama Falls is closed so no one can go near the accident site. Pretty gruesome. Reminds me of the ending of Deliverance. Where the hand pops up out of the reservoir.

    Also, they have not found the man who is missing from Upper Yosemite Falls. Indications are that he may be lodged under a rock in the river flow up high. This one may have to wait until late summer to have closure.

    Dinner is at the Mountain Room at the Yosemite Lodge. Very very nice. Kind of “pricey” (why don’t people say “expensive”?


Unrelated thought worth quoting: Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine, when you gonna let me get sober. Let me alone. Let me go home. Let me back and start over.” – Kingston Trio 

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12 Responses to “The “Other Valley” – Hetch Hetchy”

  1. Janet Says:

    Aren’t there two bodies to be found in Hetch Hetchy, or have they found one already? It’s a really sad situation, especially when signs are posted about the danger of crossing a submerged bridge.

    Did you enjoy dinner at the Mountain Room? Always looking for a good place to take visitors.

    • Maureen L Says:

      For a splurge dinner in the park, I like the Wawona Hotel.

      Good value for the money, very nice staff, you can come as you are right off the trail, serene atmosphere.

      They don’t take reservations, either, except for large parties, so you might have to wait, but it’s a great place to hang out, listen to Tom Bopp on the piano, and look at the vintage photos.

      • Dean Says:

        Had lunch at the Wawona Hotel and it was terrific. Despite the staff having to prepare for coach party after coach party, it was all done without any disruption or fuss to other diners.

        It has a charm to it, like going back to a simpler time.

      • mrhalfdome Says:

        Tom Bopp’s a cool guy and can tickle the ivories. I used to have his music on my blog. But I got saturated.

  2. Sönke Says:

    We spoke to a ranger yesterday and they’ve only found one body so far. The other hiker is still missing but there’s little hope to find him alive.

    During our current stay we’ve been to the Mountain Room three times and haven’t been disappointed. For a National Park the food is surprisingly good. Don’t expect 3 star-Michelin restaurant quality though.

    I had the “catch of the day” three times (salmon, swordfish, halibut) and it was always well prepared. As a dessert I recommend the “Razzleberry Cobbler”.

    Oh, before I forget: yesterday we had a splendid bottle of red wine – Carpe Diem 2007 🙂

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      Just out of curiousity, is carpe diem a Napa Valley wine? Nobody recommends the Awahnee food?

      • Maureen L Says:

        I’m just not an Awahnee type person, and I’ll bet most visitors to this blog aren’t either.

        Not that I don’t like great, fresh, well-prepared food.

        I don’t have a highly educated palate to appreciate the subtle nuances of that level of cooking, nor do I particularly want one.

        I don’t even have the type of clothes I’d need for dinner at the Awahnee.

        But it is fun to see women staying at Curry Village at the shuttle bus stop all dressed up and carrying their dainty shoes on their way to dinner at the Awahnee.

        Dinner at the Awahnee after Half Dome would make a nice contrast!

      • Sönke Says:

        I never had dinner at the Ahwahnee because I don’t go to restaurant with a dresscode. And especially not while I’m on vacation. 😉

        The Sunday brunch and breakfast were good but nothing special. And way too expensive (usually I’m prepared to pay good money for good food).

        You can google Ahwahnee and you’ll find very mixed reviews concerning the dinner quality.

        I think it”s more the experience but even that doesn’t cut if for me as I’ve been to way more interesting and impressive places. So…save the money and donate some to YC instead. 🙂

      • mrhalfdome Says:

        Enda Valley near SanLuis Obispo. Go to my website and click on the image of the bottle.

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      I was quite surprised that YOSAR didn’t have a boat there with grappling hooks to try and retrieve the body. I know the reservoir is about 400 feet deep. But now the family has to wait to see if it rises. The Bridge is closed there near Wapama Falls.

      Carpe Diem is $26 at BevMo. Red or white.

      “A favorite of Half Dome veterans”
      “A lovely bouquet.”
      “Easy to dance to.”

  3. ewingh8 Says:

    I have a question. Once you secure a permit for cables to top of halfdome… you have to print it out? Other you need it in your posession to continue up cables. Or do the rangers have a list of registered permit holders? If anyone knows it would be big help. Thanks

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      You are WAY behind on this. We’ve hashed out all this multiple times.Suggest you page back in the blogs for the info. Go to my website – I have a nice summary of the permit proeces.

      Bottom line – everyone must have a permti on their person and present it to the ranger at Sub Dome..


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