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"The Grand Register of Yo-Semite Valley"

From an article in SFGate:

Yosemite National Park received a treasure out of its own past Friday when philanthropist Bill Lane presented the park with the original “Grand Register of Yo-Semite Valley” at a small ceremony at Stanford University.

The Grand Register was a fixture at the Cosmopolitan, a bath house and saloon in the early days of tourism at Yosemite. Distinguished visitors were asked to sign the guest book and offer any comments…

…The signing began in 1873 and continued until 1884, and the book contains more than 18,000 signatures, including those of four U.S. presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt got special treatment. He visited the park in 1903, long after the register was closed. Roosevelt didn’t visit the Cosmopolitan; he made a point of not entering a building, except to drink a lemonade at a studio in the valley. Instead, he went camping with John Muir.

See the article for more information and some photographs.

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Events | 1 Comment

Autumn Hiker

A photo from today’s hike at Calero Park:

Autumn Hiker. Calero Hills, California. December 15, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Photography | 3 Comments

Two From the Little Red Tent

I see that photographs of a couple of places with meaning to me have been posted at The Little Red Tent blog.

A photograph of a long-dead Bristlecone pine tree in the White Mountains and the accompanying commentary remind me of what a wonderful and mysterious place the White Mountain Bristlecone pine forest is. High (very high – 10,000′ and higher) above Owens Valley and facing westward towards the Sierra crest, this place is intimately linked to the full eastern Sierra and Owens Valley experience, yet in many ways is also an entirely separate world.

A photograph from a rise above Townsley Lake near Fletcher Lake and the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp evokes all sorts of memories and associations for me. In most years a walk past almost this exact spot has been part one of my end-of-season solo trips into the Yosemite backcountry, a hike that takes me by means of cross-country travel from Fletcher Lake to Ireland Lake and sometimes beyond.

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Commentary, Photography, Places | Comments Off on Two From the Little Red Tent

Walking isn't a lost art…

Evan Esar. “Walking isn’t a lost art: one must, by some means, get to the garage.” [Quotes of the Day]

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Quotable | Comments Off on Walking isn't a lost art…


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