Archive | December 2016

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

2627 meters. That is the approximate elevation of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Here is the usual Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuolumne_Meadows

After having left the chaos of Yosemite Valley, then using 3 blogs to describe Olmsted Point, I’ve finally arrived at the Yosemite High Country which is accessible by paved road. This is a hiker’s paradise with both day trips available, as well as longer journeys into the park in all directions.

Sadly to say, I didn’t do much picture taking at Tuolumne, but lucky for you out there, there are photos available from my trip there in the early 90s!

Here is a map:

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Source: http://www.mytopo.com/review.cfm

And a closer look at one of the major Rock Outcrops located on the Eastern edge of the Meadows: Lembert Dome

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This hunk of granite is easily accessible from the main road (Highway 120) and is an easy walk, without any difficulty (as long as you don’t pick the side with the obvious shadow!)

Here is a picture of the dome from the highway:

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Notice the Erratic Boulder in the center of the photo. No problem for those who have read my past blog on the subject!

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For you photo-purists, I’ve posted this photo twice in order for you to get the full impact of the surrounding peaks. Cathedral Peak and its distinctive shape, weighs in with 3326 meters and Mt Hoffmann, being the geographic center of Yosemite, with 3309 meters are just two of the many peaks and domes visible from Lembert Dome.

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If you cut along the sides of these 3 photos, then tape them back together with their overlapping edges, then you’d get a panorama looking from southwest to west.

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The same being true with these two shots of Lembert Dome, taken from the nearby Dog Dome.

My trip this time was mainly concerned with traveling from Crane Flat to Glacier Point, then Yosemite Valley, Olmsted Point, finally arriving at Tuolumne Meadows.

Tomorrow (the next blog) will be concerned with my next quest, Mt Dana being the second highest peak in the park.

Here are two parting shots from Lembert Dome:

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Mt Dana at 3181 meters, will be showing me, how ascending this peak twice back in the 80s, was not enough to prepare me for my 3rd ascent, being just a bit older than the last time I did so……

 

 

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The Eustachian Tube Blues

Ever wonder how long I’ve progressed on my Epic Journey?

Did he make it? What about those dangerous currents down the Eustachian Tubes? Did he take a life preserver with him, or did he just hang onto the scruff of Wonder Dog’s fur?

I won’t spoil the surprise at the end of my journey, so just imagine me in my Dogout Canoe, sailing down my Inner Ear, waiting for the final chapters of this Travel Blog to unfold.

I guess, I should drop a few names in order to hold your interest, or post a few photos to keep your interest?

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You see, it is not so dangerous as you might have thought!

These photos are from the last leg, knee and ankle of my journey in and around San Francisco.

Just can’t wait, can you?

Show me your slabs, baby!

Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park.

Some of you might have un-followed me due to the numerous blogs concerning this viewpoint, causing undue wonder and disgust, in how I can continue to write blogs about it?!

What are we anyway? Well, we are someone special to others, who hopefully think of us the same way!

At Olmsted Point there is one more Geologic Feature called Exfoliating Slabs.

Sounds Sexy, doesn’t it?

You see, when the glaciers had been sitting pretty on Yosemite for a number of thousand years. OK, they haven’t been around for the last 10,000 years, but in Geologic Time, that doesn’t mean that much to someplace like the Earth being over 4 billion years old!

There are some nifty short films on this website, operated by the National Park Service:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/glaciers.htm

But back to your significant other. “Honey, I love your exfoliating slabs!”

If that is said in the right way, and place, then you just might have scored big in the romance department!

Here are some exfoliating slabs seen at Olmsted Point:

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See in the above photo how the rock formation in the foreground resembles layers? After the pressure of the ice diminished over the last 10,000 years, the ground is still rebounding after having had all of that weight on it. Exfoliation can be likened to layers of an onion.

Here is another term to throw at her:

Post-glacial rebound

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-glacial_rebound

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Honey, I’ve been meaning to tell you how I’ve admired your exfoliating slabs from afar. I’ve waited for years, saving myself for you and only you, thinking that post-glacial rebound has thrown us together at last!

Let us journey to Olmsted Point in Yosemite and test these theories on each other! My hypothesis is that we are made for each other, but only time will tell!

Even if it takes 10,000 years to melt your icy heart, I feel that it will be worth the wait!

Yours Truly

Frederick Olmsted……

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Source: Google Maps

Next Stop: Tuolumne Meadows