Monday, May 17, 2010
Crowds and Clouds
REALLY busy weekend in Yosemite Valley, with lots of traffic and inappropriate parking. People poured in to see the dogwoods and waterfalls at their maxima. Warm weather brought the Merced and its tributary falls up to well over 3000 cfs at Pohono Bridge last night.
Madea lines the lower Merced Canyon. Clarkia is out in force down south at the Kaweah River entrance to Sequoia NP, but has yet to really show here. Ball gilia in El Portal.
We've got rain again this morning, making it the 4th of the past 5 Mondays with a storm.
No bikes allowed on Tioga Road past Crane Flat yet; perhaps next weekend. Rumors of a Memorial Day weekend opening were reinforced by NPS sources Saturday. High country services (bathrooms, store, camping, visitor center, etc.) are still many weeks away. No Half Dome cables yet; there's still snow on the subdome area.