One of our favorite television travel programs, CALIFORNIA GOLD, was narrated and produced by Huell Howser. The program and still lives in the memories of tens of thousands of Californians who "traveled" with Huell Howser exploring California's "off the beaten path" locations. Small towns, historical landmarks and places of interest were Howser's favorite places to explore with his friendly and charming personality. His homey and often impromptu interviews with locals encouraged untold stories yet to be recorded in California history.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK'S - HALF DOME One of the natural highlights of Yosemite is Half Dome. The "mountain" is one of the most reconized granite formations in the world. It appears to be missing half of its majesty, due to glacial action centuries ago. From the valley floor Half Dome glows with the alpine glow each evening and has entralled thousands after discovery in 1851. Every year thousands climb the mountain from the easier North eastern route after walking the 16 mile long trail from Happly Isles passing the beautiful Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. The last 400 ft ascent to the top is completed by using hand cables attached to the rock in 1919, to help pull themselves up the glass like granite surface to the summit. The hike can be done from the valley floor in a single long day, but many people break it up by camping overnight half way, then continuing on north to the base of the northeast ridge of Half Dome itself. When the successful hikers reach the top, there's time to relax and take a well-desired break before heading back to the valley floor.
My father, Kimber Hood, soon after returning from WWII, climbed the Half Dome from the rear cable route. After reaching the top, he recorded his name and hometown of Bakersfield California in a book provided for victorious climbers.
To watch the California Gold Half Dome video, copy and paste onto your search engine - www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFejoBGdg9s
Note: the first 60 seconds has a tone and test pattern.