August 16, 2005 |
Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.
November 14, 2010
Info: Lottery guidelines are online at the Delaware North Co. website, http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommodations_HighSierra_HowtoApply.aspx . The National Park Service will disclose the summer 2011 rates in the spring. Last summer's rates for overnight stays, including dinner and breakfast, were $136 a person at Glen Aulin and Vogelsang and $143 a person at May Lake, Merced Lake and Sunrise.
June 15, 2011 |
This was an unlucky year to get lucky in the lottery for Yosemite High Sierra Camps reservations. The five seasonal camps , assembled each year at high elevations in the park's spectacular back country, were supposed to open as early as this month, but they have been delayed by this year's mighty Sierra snowpack . "We've pushed the dates back four times, starting about a month ago," said Lisa Cesaro, spokeswoman for DNC Parks...
June 26, 2011
Camping's pluses and minuses Regarding "The Lighter Side of Hiking" by John Flinn, June 19: At $150 a night per adult and $87 for kids, Yosemite's High Sierra Camps should be renamed "Yosemite's High-Priced and Financially Out-of-Reach Sierra Camps. " Barbara Correa Laguna Niguel Compliments to Flinn on his article. I enjoyed his accurate portrayal of what the High Sierra Camp experience is like, and my son and I enjoyed having him as a cabin mate at Sunrise camp one night last summer.
June 19, 2011 |
John Muir understood that the best way to see his beloved "Range of Light" is to travel light. His packing advice couldn't have been simpler: "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence. " That's what I've done — more or less — and now, as evening descends, I'm a two days' walk from the trailhead with little more than a toothbrush and a change of socks in my daypack. Muir used to shiver through the long, frosty Sierra nights in hollow logs, but I'm looking forward to a bit more comfort: a reasonably comfortable bed in a heated tent cabin, a hot shower, flush toilets and a four-course dinner that the Ahwahnee Hotel would be proud to serve.
May 23, 2010
If Paris is out of reach, you can catch the vibe closer to home. The De Young Museum in San Francisco opens the first of two shows this month featuring masterpieces from the famed Musée d'Orsay. The first show, "Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces From the Musée d'Orsay," presents 100 works by such masters as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet. The show, which was to open Saturday, runs through Sept. 6. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 6 to 17; free for children 5 and younger.