September 26, 2012 |
There's a terrible irony lurking in the recent news of the hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park, which has killed three visitors and sickened half a dozen more since mid-June. Part of the backdrop of the 1864 act that established Yosemite as essentially the nation's first national park (that language would not be used until 1872 in the founding of Yellowstone National Park) had everything to do with health and healing in the latter years of the Civil War. We'd do well to note that from today's vantage of being in the middle of the sesquicentennial years of the war. You might not connect Yosemite to the Civil War. But Frederick Law Olmsted, co-creator of Central Park, certainly did. Eyewitness to the horrific destruction wrought by the war when he served as general secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission, a Red Cross-like operation for the North, Olmsted despaired as the nation became, in his memorable phrasing, a "republic of suffering.
August 11, 2012 |
Everyone loves to watch black bears at Yosemite National Park and elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, just not at close range. That's why the park sponsors an apple-picking day each year to remove tempting fruit from populated areas of the park so bears and humans don't collide. Yosemite has two historic apple orchards inside the park, one at Curry Village and one near the horse stables. The idea is to remove the non-native food source in hopes of keeping the bears wild and away from the popular tourist stops.
August 7, 2012 |
San Franciscans will vote in November on whether they want a plan for draining the 117-billion-gallon Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, exposing for the first time in 80 years a glacially carved, granite-ringed valley of towering waterfalls. The measure could eventually undo a century-old federal decision that created the only reservoir in a national park and slaked the thirst of a city almost 200 miles away . . . . In an attempt to turn around declines in population, Niagara Falls says it will cover two years' worth of student loan payments for recent university graduates who agree to live in a targeted neighborhood . The Associated Press says the tuition program will start small, with about 20 people in the first round . . . . It's rodeo season in south Orange County. San Juan Capistrano's Rodeo Week takes place Aug. 18-24, followed by the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Aug. 25-26.
February 21, 2012 |
Here's a traffic alert for California's Yosemite National Park : A section of a major route there will be shut down for more than a month to repair damage caused by a Jan. 22 rockslide. Starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 29, California Highway 120, also known as Big Oak Flat Road, will be closed to traffic between the Foresta Road junction and El Portal Road (California Highway 140) junction. The closure is expected to last until early April, officials said in a news release . Yosemite Valley, the park's most visited area, will remain accessible by other routes.
January 29, 2012
A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions. Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), http://www.nps.gov/alca or http://www.alcatrazcruises.com. Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego; (619)
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December 13, 2011 |
A call for an investigation into how San Francisco gets and consumes its water has sparked a feud between two congressional leaders on opposite sides of the aisle over a proposal to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, dammed 85 years ago to supply the city with clean water. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River), has asked the Interior Department to determine whether the city's use of 190 million gallons of Tuolumne River water per day, without first exhausting local resources, violates a law requiring that it import no more water than is necessary to meet its municipal purposes.
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August 15, 2011 |
For many, the allure of Yosemite National Park isn't just its jaw-dropping vistas but the exhilaration of edging right up to a rushing river, cascading waterfall or towering granite face. Here in the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley, the most striking beauty is often found on the most dangerous precipices, and not everyone heeds the park's safety warnings. Hikers take unusual risks to get that perfect snapshot and families swim in pools that swirl just above raging falls. Invariably, some get hurt, go missing or die. Photos: Vernal Fall at Yosemite National Park This summer, the number of deaths at the park had jumped to 14 by the end of July, twice the average at that point in the year, sparking a debate about what can be done to improve safety.
June 24, 2011 |
If you want to cover a lot of spectacular high-country terrain at California's Yosemite National Park without lugging a heavy pack, try letting a mule do the hard part. The park's stables at Tuolumne Meadows have added a custom overnight mule trip to the area's scenic Water Wheel Falls. The trips will begin after the stables open for the season, which is typically around the same time as the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge opens. That date depends on conditions; it is tentatively set for July 8 . Water Wheel Falls is a backpacker destination that is made easily accessible by riding the mules.
June 22, 2011 |
Warmer temperatures at Yosemite National Park that have begun to melt the area's huge snow pack caused the Merced River to hit flood stage in Yosemite Valley early Wednesday, according to data from the National Weather Service . But the minor flooding, which could affect some walkways, isn't expected to affect roads in the valley. The weather service had issued a flood warning Tuesday for the river at Pohono Bridge, a spot in the valley where visitors typically stop to snap pictures.
June 20, 2011 |
The cables that allow hikers to ascend Half Dome at California's Yosemite National Park are set to be installed Wednesday, but permits appear to be sold out through the end of September. October permits will go on sale July 1. The cables might be ready late afternoon Wednesday depending on weather conditions, according to the park's website . That's good news for permit holders. But those hoping to land a permit to hike up the iconic rock face this summer may be out of luck.