Double Art and Nature Win

A sketch of the Wells Fargo building and jail at the Yosemite History Center.

A double win for me today! I spent most of the morning outside with Yosemite Sierra Artists for a plein air session just down the street in Wawona at the Yosemite History Center. It’s a destination that I have often wanted to spend some time in with a sketchbook, and I’ve been passively following YSA … Read more

Seven (or Eight?) Summits?

“We’ll bivy here, and go for the summit in the morning.” It’s the classic play – calling your parents to see if they have the money to fund your next grand adventure. Fortunately, instead of spending $150K to pursue the canonical Seven Summits – the highest point on each of the seven continents – one … Read more

Yosemite VAMP

Ranger with braid in Tuolumne

Yosemite’s Visitor Access Management Plan (VAMP) continues to jump through the hoops of a formal public comment process. Comments for the most recent round are due today, and I spent some time considering the many options while trying to put my own thoughts into order. As Superintendent Muldoon put it, if it were easy, it … Read more