I had an EMS refresher later in the week, which updates employees who are going to be practicing and skills on the parks protocols. This refresher allows you to apply to get your white card and practice in the park if you are an employee who is not required to have an EMS background.
|The cables leading up Half Dome|
|View of the Valley from Half Dome|
Sunday morning I met up with Ranger Loyd to do an overnight patrol at Little Yosemite Valley (LYV). We hiked up the John Muir Trail (JMT) and made it to LYV mid-afternoon. We wondered around the camp and over to the Merced River, getting to know the area a little since neither of us had been up there before. Our plan was to hike up to Half dome early the next morning and do permit checks, but a medical call came in for Sub Dome. It gave us a nice preview of what we had in store for us the next morning. We made it to the junction, less than half way up the trail to Half Dome, before Yosemite's helicopter, 551 arrived. We left around 0600 Monday to complete our patrol, taking turns hiking up the cables on Half Dome and doing permit checks at Sub Dome. I'm glad I can check that off my bucket list.
Wednesday was a surprise day for me. I got to watch Yosemite's SRT terrorism training at Hetch Hetchy. I was fortunate enough to watch the whole training from the first briefing, though the entire scenario in role, and the debriefing at the end. The O'shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir provides water for all of San Francisco, as well as hydroelectric power. The Tuolumne River flows into Hetch Hetchy, and was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1984, making the water supply for San Francisco exceptionally clean and clear. The dam is critical infrastructure for the city of San Francisco, bringing in inordinate amounts of funding to protect it.
This summer is flying by and I cannot thank everyone here for all the opportunities they have provided me thus far, and for how helpful they have all been to me. Let's see what the next half has in store!