Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yosemite's Dirty Little Secret

For years I have likened the size of Yosemite to that of Rhode Island. I am not alone in that comparison. Listed below are similar references made by the New York Times, the Los Angles Times, National Geographic, USA Today and even the official NPS site.

But I was corrected by two astute rangers, Kelsey Lahr and Joan McCandless, that Yosemite is actually about 25%-30% smaller,  a little too small to be called, "nearly the size of Rhode Island." 

The data:
Land Mass of Yosemite: 747,956 acres (or 1,169 square miles)

Rhode Island covers 1,545 square miles

HOWEVER! However, if you exclude the area of Narragansett Bay, the land mass of Rhode Island is 1,045 square miles. So maybe I was right!

Yosemite is not alone when it comes to hazy (or lazy) comparisons. Here is a link to Slate Online that explains why Rhode Island is often the object of fuzzy math.

Maybe this issue seems trivial or trifling... a tempest in a teapot. But I'll bet the teapot is at least the size of Rhode Island!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Half Dome Hike

This is a photo of me and my hiking buddy, Kelsey atop Half Dome.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sketch: C-Falls

I made this sketch of Chilnualna Falls a few weeks ago when the water was running high.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Yosemite's Old Fashioned Fourth of July

 Independence Day is officially celebrated in Yosemite at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. The park relies on volunteers to provide for the festivities.

It's a great way to celebrate our nation's birthday!

Thanks to Kelsey and Wendy Lahr for providing the photos.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why I Eat in the Living Room

This is my kitchen table. This is why I eat in the living room.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Favorite Lupine

I suppose that I'm not alone when I say that the Harlequin lupine is one of my favorite flowers. I feel blessed everytime I see such beauty growing wild.