10 FEET of Snow Expected in Sierra; I want to be in Yosemite!!

Jan 18, 2010 by

The Yosemite Blog posted this this morning.  Gosh dawg I wish we were out there in a nice house atop one of the mountains with lots of food and firewood.  It must be absolutely amazing.

10 FEET of Snow Expected in Sierra

Posted: 17 Jan 2010 06:52 AM PST

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the northern Sierra Nevada warning that up to 10 feet of new snow is possible at higher elevations.

“Snow is possible above 7000 feet late today. The snow will increase in intensity and the snow level will lower to near 6000 feet by Monday morning…and 5500 feet Monday night.

Total snowfall through Monday night above 7000 feet will be from 2 to 4 feet…with lesser amounts below 7000 feet depending on the changeover from rain to snow. Gusty winds over and near the crest will create considerable blowing and drifting snow.

Main impact: extremely heavy snow will make travel nearly impossible. If you live or work in the higher elevations…you may be unable to reach your destination…or you may not be able to move to a lower elevation.

Other impacts: this will be a long duration storm…and it is likely to persist well into the week…possibly into next weekend. Total snowfall through friday could be as much as 10 feet above 6000 to 7000 feet. Snow levels wednesday and thursday will lower to 4000 to 4500. (Weather.gov)”

Although Yosemite Valley is lower than the expected snow level most of the roads into the Valley are not. Take extra precautions if you have scheduled a trip into the park over the next week. Carry tire chains, extra water, food, blankets and warm clothes. Make sure you leave an itinerary with someone you can count on to report you missing if you don’t check in. Don’t take any unnecessary risks.

If you’re staying in Groveland or Oakhurst and don’t want to chain up consider taking Highway 49 to Mariposa and taking Highway 140 into the park. It’s very scenic and usually not as snowy. Your innkeeper will be able to suggest alternate routes.

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Dealing with Change; #MadMen, Mad Me, Mad World

Aug 17, 2009 by

It became clear from watching last night's first episode of Mad Men Season 3, that this year's 13 episodes are going to be about how people deal with change.  We saw the introduction of new change agents in last night's show: most notably the Brits from the Sterling Cooper parent company across the pond.

In a brief clip that aired after the show concluded, Mad Men creator Mathew Weiner, said that this season was going to be about dealing with the factors that affect one when all of the "foundations" of every day life are in upheaval.  N1247705826_2063

This is what makes the show such a winner.  While I've been thinking much of late about how mundane much of my life is compared to many others I know, it's still about what happens when the major foundations of which I've grown accustomed to are suddenly yanked out from underneath me and I'm left with the feeling that I'm fall off that building as that silhouetted figure in the show's bumper.  

Just as the 1960s were a great time of upheaval and change in America, I think it's getting safe to say that the 2000s are every bit of in flux.  We're fighting two foreign wars as opposed to one.  The political ideology of America is quite fractured. The economy has cost millions of people their jobs, loss of life's savings, and then there is the threat of Big Government growing even larger and more and more out of control.  We've seen the threat of terrorism in our homeland. We've seen the threats of dangerous viruses. And we don't know where this all is going.

Those are things that go on in the mind of a parent these days as we also struggle to raise, feed, clothe and care for our children.  Health care costs are out of control. We look at the quality of our public schools nationwide and wonder what happened to the school systems we were in when we were kids.  We look to all of the negative influences our kids are exposed to on television and the Internet.  We wonder why we can't encourage our kids to get outside and play all day long.  We no longer have to do like our parents did and tell our children to "stop running in and out."  Heck, I'd be happy if our kids would even go out. 

We have digital children who cannot look at the face of a clock and tell you what time it is without having to count the number of ticks from the top around the face.  We have children who can't imagine what it was like to not have a computer.  If our Internet service runs slow or times out, look out, because there are going to be Mad Kids.

And so our world's clash and collide with what's happening beyond our control and with what areas we still think we can influence.  The beauty of the silhouetted figure of Don Draper falling endlessly in the Mad Men intro is because he really does represent any one of us.  Now we all don't have the same issues he has, but there are similarities. 

In 1993-4, I worked for Winton Blount III in Alabama.  Winton was running for governor.  In his conference room, he had a National Geographic map of the universe.  The first portion you saw was a close up example of the sun and it's nine orbiting planets.  Then there was an arrow pointing to a small point on the map of where all of that fit in in the Milky Way.  Then another arrow showing how small that was in comparison to the next level and so on, helping one understand how small a space we actually occupy in the scheme of things.  Winton proudly called the map the, "It Just Doesn't Matter," map.   The mortgage, the bills, the troubles of life, when you look at it in the grand scale, when the light we're seeing tonight from the stars was sent in our direction millions or even billions of years ago and it is just now getting to us, well, in many ways, he's right.

In these days of my life, I read much more than I ever did as a kid.  Right now I have at least seven different books going, from family life to social media and then onto secrets of the universe and quantum physics.  Each of these books stimulates my mind and has caused me to do a lot of thinking.  In one I read, it says that we now estimate we can only see four percent of the entire universe.  That leaves 96 percent we know nothing about.  Dark energy, dark matter, if it exists makes up the rest, or does it?

But the essential point to me is that I've got to focus on taking care of me, my wife, my kids and our portion of the world.  Do I make mistakes?  Of course I do.  Do I say things at times I wish I hadn't?  Of course, we all do.

So how do I do what Don Draper suggested to Sal last night and "limit" my exposure?  That's the $64 million question, isn't it?  Does any of us know the best answer to that question?  I feel so often that I'm not getting the full measure of a day of life.  Could I be doing more to squeeze out a little more life out of each and every day?  YES! 

Some days I feel like I'm little more than a drone in a beehive.  I get up.  I go to work.  I work.  I go home.  We have dinner.  We do things at home with the kids.  We put the kids to bed.  We go to bed.  We get up and do it all over in the morning. 

I don't want to live like a drone.  I want to experience life to its fullest.  I want to travel more.  I want to spend each available second with each of my children, teaching them about the wonders of this world.  Sharing with them what I've learned, while at the same time learning the keys to the knowledge which they have unlocked.  I want to take the creative energy and thoughts that constantly are whirling around in my head, and turn them into something to share with the world.  

Are the best opportunities for all that located here in Dallas, TX?  I have competing thoughts about that.   One follows the adage of "Bloom where planted," and the other is an undeniable, hell no. 

I want my children to have the best shot at a good life as possible.  Can they get that from not traveling as I did when I was a child?  Can a child really get the most out of their childhood if we don't compel them to get outside and experience nature?  (Even if it is going to be 97 today?)  Do I do the best for my kids if I don't ensure that they're eating well, getting enough physical exercise?  Do I do the best for my children if I don't expose them to the Arts, higher forms of thinking, critical thinking exercises, and instead allow them to stay in their comfort zones and not learn to deal with the changes of the world, even at a young age? 

I'm seeking the answers to many of life's questions.  I'm praying for relief from God.  (I'm thinking he's the other 96 percent!)  And I know that even though I walk through valleys from day to day in this life, there will be days when I ascend to the top of the mountain like sitting atop Sentinel Dome in Yosemite each June. Sent_Kids_2 Yes, I shall continue at times to limit my exposure, but I will also find new ways to be exposed and deal with them accordingly.

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How I wish I was back in Yosemite

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How I wish I was back on Yosemite

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Yosemite Trip 2009 Part I

Jun 5, 2009 by

Okay, we're into the countdown now for our departure. Kids are getting out of school today.  We're getting last-minute errands done.  Packing up our EA SPORTS Active branded Wii and ready to head to Yosemite where we'll be on site using our new incredible virtual fitness product.

Anyone going to be in the Yosemite area this weekend?  We'd love to meet up with you, share stories about EA SPORTS Active or hear your favorite Yosemite adventures. 

We'll also be posting daily updates of our adventures for all to enjoy.

Stay tuned.  We've got a great trip planned.

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Telegraph Fire in Yosemite 95 percent out!

Aug 4, 2008 by

I think this is the best news I've heard all day.  The Telegraph Fire, which began burning near Yosemite on July 25 is 95 percent contained.  Evacuees have returned to their homes, 140 is back open into the west gate of the park, and the skies in Yosemite once again are breathable.  While the fire is still active, it's no longer the threat it once was.

As the Yosemite Association pointed out, thanks goes to the 4,000 or so fire fighters who braved the fire and the incredible terrain to battle this fire. 

Thanks, again, even from Dallas. 

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LA Times says 140 Open into Yosemite, sort of

Jul 30, 2008 by

For the latest in official Telegraph Fire information, please check here.  It's Yosemite's Web site

According to the LA Times, highway 140 in California is intermittently open depending on how the Telegraph Fire is progressing.  This report I found says the fire is 15 percent contained and has burned more than 29,000 acres.  Yikes. 

The local TV station, 30HD, has up-to-date information that's one to two days old here

The San Fran Chron has information here.

I noted that one comment said some of this information was incorrect on KSEE

As of 7:30 a.m. CST, this is all the up-to-date information I can find. 

Hang in there CA.  We're pulling for you. 

Here is an AP story on how the fire is curtailing the tourist industry along 140 after reopening from the '06 rock slide.   If you will  note, that point was made here  yesterday.

The scenery along 140 to me is the best way into Yosemite, though as much as we've been staying at The Logger's Retreat, we've grown partial to just landing in Fresno and driving up 41 straight into the south end of the park.   All this makes me sad, however.  The area that's burning is so beautiful.

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