Friday, July 2, 2010
Happy PFF: Yosemite
Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Today we are visiting the magnificent Yosemite National Park in California.
Giving credit where credit is due:
The back of this card says: "Works Progress Administration (WPA) circa 1939, Artist Unknown. Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived. The National Park image shown here is also available in the original poster format from many National Park bookstores." Published by Ranger Doug Enterprises, Seattle, WA.
It's hard to believe that the first tourists arrived in the early 1860's to the "Incomparable Valley." Environmental degradation soon followed. According to the park website, "Parts of the landscape were exploited, spurring conservationists to appeal for protections. President Abraham Lincoln signed an 1864 bill granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the State of California. John Muir helped spark the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890." As long ago as Lincoln! I did not know that.
glacial action and erosional action on the granite (actually granodiorite, technically) bedrock. The most famous is Half-Dome. Another is El Capitan. I believe the view on this postcard is El Capitan.
Wikipedia, the last 400 feet of nearly vertical climbing is up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds, raised on a series of metal poles. The cables are attached to the rock but the poles are not. Look at that photo of Half Dome in profile! No matter where you put the trail it's going to be tough, as you can see in the photo of people on the Cable trail (Pictures from Wikipedia).
National Park webpage for more information.
There is so much more to say about this park - the waterfalls, the geology, the ecology, the history... but I have a load of work to do!
News: Val won the give-away of these WPA poster cards! Congratulations Val!