Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Mariposa Grove Road has opened to all traffic, though there's still snow aplenty in the upper grove. Glacier Point legend Dick Ewart is helping out in the Wawona Visitor Center while he waits for visitors to be allowed out to Glacier Point. The point still needs two feet of snow shoveled off of walkways. The Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead area still has 4 feet of snow; it'll be easy to get lost with those trails being buried. We got a bit of snow on the Valley rim last night. The cool and clouds dropped the Merced volume at Pohono Bridge down from 3500 cfs a few days ago, to below 2000.
The startling red snowplant is seen throughout the Valley floor now. Blackberries are blooming in El Portal, along with plentiful tarweed, lupine, blazing star, and elderberry. Still the invasive pink clover owns some of the roadsides.