Yosemite Anniversary Stories

Climbing Half Dome

“It’s hard to believe we’re going to climb Half Dome tomorrow,” I said to my husband Rob on our first-ever backpacking trip. We knew our trek wouldn’t be complete without hauling ourselves up the daunting steel cables onto the top of the 8,842-foot Half Dome. The last 400 feet upward are so near-vertical that hanging onto the cables is the only way hikers can make it to the top. This demanding feat is on the bucket list for thousands of Yosemite-lovers, a must-do accomplishment before we die. It’s also said to be the one most likely to kill us. Read More »

There’s No Cryin in Yosemite!

When I think of the beauty of Yosemite, it takes my breathe away. ..And I had every reason to cry …have tears of sorrow when my father died in 2002. But instead, I think of the Movie " a League of their own." Tom Hanks Yellin at one of thd women baseball players "There's No CRYIN IN BASEBALL….THERE'S no crying in Baseball!" Read More »

Becoming part of a Tradition

I have been coming to Yosemite since before I could remember. As a family, we have tried to make Yosemite a week long trip every year since I was young. I have made countless memories in this park that I will have to share for the rest of my life with family and friends. There [...] Read More »

The Beauty & History of Yosemite in Historic Photos

I love to “re-photograph” historic images from National Parks across the USA. I visited Yosemite for the first time in May of 2014. Locating each historic photo site let me view the landscape through the eyes of photographers of up to 150 years ago, as well as through my own experiences today. From the summit [...] Read More »

Sandi meets the bear

It was 1946 and I was 5 years old. I was staying with my parents in a cabin at Curry. I spent most of the day in the pool or river. My folks were not hikers. My dad tried to fish, but rarely caught anything. The fish were very smart. I remember so well the old village site with wonderful ice cream cones. My dad often got a haircut there while my mom and I went for ice cream. I remember the shows at the Indian Village where the California costume one can see on display in the Indian Museum was worn to entertain visitors. I am ashamed to say I have forgotten the name of the gentleman who wore it, but you can find it and his name, and more, in the current Indian Museum. Read More »

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