Half Dome: Getting Close 1/3 – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 285

Half Dome dominates the views from Glacier Point

Half Dome dominates the views from Glacier Point

Naturally Half Dome is one of the major draws at Yosemite and one of the best places to catch a good view of the dome is at Glacier Point.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170426

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” — Brené Brown

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” — Edward R. Murrow

“Inside all of us is Hope.
Inside all of us is Fear.
Inside all of us is Adventure.
Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.”
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“Don’t wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.” — Roger Zelazny, Prince of Chaos

 

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Hetch Hetchy: Water Release at the Dam – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 284

Hetch Hetchy water release at the dam

Hetch Hetchy water release at the dam

Yesterday’s post showed a rainbow created in the mist as a result the large amount of water being released by the authorities.

The picture above gives a better idea of the volume of water being discharged. Also notice the flow away from the dam wall into the adjoining river. There was water going far and wide as a result of this managed release.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170425

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.” — Unknown

“Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.” — William Shakespeare

“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.” — Henry Ford

“Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” — Francis Bacon

 

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Pickleballs: Condition Before Play

Onix Pure 2 Pickleball Package

Did you know that Pickleballs by various manufacturers MUST meet specific standards in order to be approved/sanctioned by the USAPA?

Here are some of the requirements for approved pickleballs:**

Size. The ball shall be 2.874 inches (73mm) to 2.972 inches (75.5mm) in diameter. The maximum out-of-round diameter variance shall not be greater than +/-0.020 inch (0.50mm). (revised Nov. 1, 2015)

Weight. The ball shall weigh between 0.78 and 0.935 ounces (22 and 26.5 grams). (revised Nov. 1, 2015)

Bounce. The ball shall have a bounce of 30 to 34 inches (76.2 to 86.4 cm) when dropped from a height of 78 inches to the top of the ball onto a granite surface plate that is a minimum of 12” x 12” x 4”. The test is to be performed at an ambient temperature of 75 to 80 degrees F (24 to 27 degrees C). (revised Nov. 1, 2015)

Hardness. The ball shall have a hardness of 40 to 50 on a Durometer D scale at a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees F (24 to 27 degrees C). (revised Nov. 1, 2015)

Design. The ball shall have a minimum of 26 to a maximum of 40 circular holes, with spacing of holes and overall design of the ball conforming to straight flight characteristics. The ball must have a manufacturer’s or supplier’s name or logo printed or embossed on it. (revised Nov. 1, 2015)

** International Federation of Pickleball (USAPA) Official Tournament Rulebook, Section 2D Ball Specifications – pp. 5-6

WOW! Aren’t those very specific and precise? Naturally there is a good reason for all of these regulations. The governing bodies want to make the sport as consistent as possible. There has recently been a series of ball approvals and when playing indoors in the Phoenix, AZ area, I notice that many of the players now prefer the Orange, Onix Pure 2 ball because it is easy to see in many of the gymnasiums which have uneven lighting conditions.

I am not sure all of those who purchase the balls have noticed the recommended conditioning on the side of the package. It is my guess that the manufacturer is recommending the procedure so the ball will behave in a manner consistent with the rules and regulations and provide uniform play. Without the conditioning noted above, the ball may bounce too high until it is used for several games, etc.

If you use the new Onix Pure 2 balls, it might be advisable to read the side of the packaging to make sure you are playing under optimal conditions. Here is what it says [Yellow outline supplied by me – not on the package ]:

Onix Pure 2 Conditioning Instructions

NOTE: You might want to check with other manufacturers if you use different pickleballs and this is important to you.!

DISCLAIMER: If you are a club player, and this doesn’t make a difference to you, then have fun and play on!

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Hetch Hetchy: Rainbow at the Dam – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 283

Hetch Hetchy rainbow at the dam

Hetch Hetchy rainbow at the dam

As I have pointed out a number of times during my Year of Yosemite posts, our visit was preceded by several wet days, substantial snow melt and subsequent runoff. The rivers and waterfalls were at full flow because of the abundance of water.

The Hetch Hetchy Dam management was releasing a portion of their water reserves to control the amount of water being contained. As we looked over the wall of the dam, some sunlight poked through the clouds and the sun painted a rainbow in the mist.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170424

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“One can’t fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.” — Mario Vargas Llosa

“Shared laughter creates a bond of friendships. When people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, teacher and pupils, worker and boss. They become a single group of human beings.” — W. Lee Grant

“If I dismiss the ordinary — waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen — I may just miss my life.” — Dani Shapiro

“Every day two million Americans play tennis and one million of them lose.” — Vic Braden

 

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Brodiaea elegans at Hetch Hetchy – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 282

Brodiaea elegans at Hetch Hetchy – Year of Yosemite

Brodiaea elegans a beautiful purple wildflower

Part of the joy of hiking is finding nature’s surprises such as this patch of beautiful wildflowers. This pair of Brodiaea elegans blooms was striking in color especially in contrast to the dreariness of the other muted tones produced by the cloudy weather.

 
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