Archive | January 2017

Mt Dana – The Summit

I  wouldn’t want to lie about my hiking abilities, so I won’t. I had hiked Mt Dana twice before back in the 80’s, but a few years have passed me between then and now.

The top, however, is/was just as glorious as the other times, bringing back all of those good memories to my a-bit-older-body-and-mind.

Views from Mt Dana 3891 meters/ 13053 feet.

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Here is a view to the South, showing a part of the Dana Plateau, and some of the peaks of the High Sierra to the South.

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If you want to climb to the top of Yosemite, then you’ll have to ascend Mt Lyell, 61 feet taller than Mt Dana, and surrounded by glaciers on its Northern side. It is the prominent peak in the center of this photo, resting in back of Lyell Glacier.

 

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On top of Mt Dana I met a Botanist from Colorado, and a few fellows from India. This view is looking Northwards.

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The most obvious item of interest is Mono Lake. It is actually a large volcanic caldera, with some small islands dotting the surface. It is an important bird breeding area, but its surface area has been affected by the City of Los Angeles and its ever present need for water. A court ruling has, however, increased the amount of water allocated for Mono Lake, which is to insure its continued importance in this otherwise dry part of California.

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This is by far my most favorite view from the summit. The brown peak in the foreground is Mt Gibbs (3893 meters), and the others (in the far right background) being (l) Mt Rodgers (m) Mt Lyell (r) Mt McClure.

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3 Pictures showing the views to the North. The prominent granite peak being Mt Conness (3837 meters/12,590 feet)

The time spent on peak summits is way too short for me, but the car and the campground are waiting for me, so I need to set my sights for them, thus ending my encounter with the High Sierra for now.

You might think that this is the end of Mt Dana, but the way down is the subject of my next blog……

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I like looking out of airplane windows. I usually don’t get the chance, because Wonder Dog prefers it over just about everything else but eating, sleeping and scratching! I need to rely on his talents to show the views out of the window traveling from Denmark to California…

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Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Somewhere near the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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Coming in over Southern California heading towards Los Angeles.

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Over Los Angeles, almost to LAX.

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That’s all for now, but if you want to think about having Jet Lag, then by all means, do so!

 

French in English

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I love funny things. So does my wife, when she decided to marry me!

Look at this beverage lid purchased in Yosemite.

French, English, Spanish.

I feel like I’m back in School, trying not to learn foreign language. Learning Spanish in California surrounded by others who heard it spoken at home, or with their friends, was not fair for lanky me. My parents spoke Russian, but only with their parents, and not us kids.

If only they had warned me that someday, I would be in Yosemite National Park, sipping my coffee, not being able to understand the 2 other languages on the lid. What if they were in code? French and Spanish spies sending each other code to overthrow the National Park System. They should have built a wall back then, but the Atlantic is rather wide and deep. Wait a minute! There were/are also French-speaking Canadians in Canada, of all places!

My parents didn’t warn me about them either?

And fast women, too! And fast Canadian or Mexican women!

I’m glad, I managed to learn English before moving to Denmark. Think of the consequences, without knowing that…….

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Ever wonder where the less-than-glamorous photos end up?

Let’s take the ones from from Yosemite.

Taken  out of the car window, while I am tooling along the highway, looking for bears or pretty girls, who are over 18 and wild about older men and their faithful dogs, the girls that is, not the bears!

OK, but there are photos none the less, and not everyone would put them on their blog site, but then I am not everyone!

These photos are from Yosemite, but are taken from the car window, with no intention of hiding the fact that the car wanted to be included! There is one shot of a most necessary item, which wasn’t taken  from the car, but it deserves a place in my collection all the same.

Enjoy!

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Another goodie. Slow for the Cone Zone!

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Entry into Yosemite National Park at Crane Flat.

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That most necessary item!

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Half Dome in the background. Taken at Olmsted Point.

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I liked this one so much that Wonder Dog almost fell out of the car, while we zoomed along the highway, having to take the picture before the sign disappeared!

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My good old Dad used to tell me that the Indian Village of Falling Rock existed everywhere in the USA. Not politically correct these days, but he would do anything for a laugh! We didn’t see Falling Rock, but we did see this modern-day equivalent, Rock Slide!

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Taken along  Highway 49 after exiting Yosemite and heading northwards once again.

Hiking Up Mt Dana. Yosemite National Park

Mt. Dana is the second highest point in Yosemite National Park, but is a readily accessible mountain for those who dare.

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Source: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/maps/yosemite_maps.html

Mt Dana is seen on the far right hand side of the map.

The starting elevation is 9941′ (about 3000 meters) at the Eastern Park Entrance Station at Tioga Pass.

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With it being September, the wildflowers were gone, but their seed capsules were seen on the way up, as well as some of the surrounding peaks.

The trail starts off easy winding its way through the forest, rising gently at first, but don’t be fooled, the harder part is still to come.

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Here is a look back to the road, and the increasing number of visible peaks to the north. Mt Dana is composed of Metamorphic rocks with their reds, browns and generally dark colors in striking contrast to the tall granite peaks of Yosemite Valley.

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Here is a shot showing the Granite Peaks at the Geographic Center of the Park. Mt Hoffmann is seen just left of center. The brown area in the middle of the photo is Dana Meadow showing its Autumn browns and yellows.

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Just over halfway up, there is a nice spot to take a rest and view the objective of this trip, Mt Dana.

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Just a bit farther ahead, looking back to the North.

After this wide, trail-looking part of the trip, the next portion becomes more demanding, winding its way through the rocks, with some trail markers to help you on your way.

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This circle of orange paint was visible from time to time, but that is not what kept me on the straight and narrow.

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Some of them more obvious than others! A small pile of stones is referred to as a “duck” while a larger one, like the one above, a “cairn” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairn)

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Here is the trail ahead. Can you discern it?

 

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The top is beckoning to me, but I am out of breath!

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Looking back at other hikers on the way up.

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Up Slope Mt Dana, with the higher peaks near the top of the park, becoming visible to the South.

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My foot trying to find its way to the top.

 

Next Blog – The Summit of Mt Dana!