Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I’d guess the half of your time hiking Half Dome will be in the shade. Much of the trail is under the sweeping Jeffrey Pines and Cedars. Once you get above the tree line approaching Sub Dome, you will be basking in glorious sunshine. I recommend lathering up with sunscreen for the hike while you are dressing and bring a small tube of UV A/B protection. As we get older we get to pay for the days we spent getting golden bronze. I used to go to Ocean City, Maryland twice a month in the summers. Well, last spring I had a squamous cell growth whacked off my nose. This not the bad kind but any kind of “C”. is scary. So I recently read that the US now has a Vitamin D problem. We are not getting enough. Kids are being covered in sunscreen for even brief trips to the store. Sunshine the is the easiest source as it is not found in food. You can take a supplement D pill, but the easiest way to get your minimum level is to expose more skin for a brief time several days a week. Laying out sans covering (as much as your modesty will allow) for 10 minutes 3 days a week is suggested. This is all. Do not overdue it. But the amount of rays we pick up from ambient light or exposure of our faces, neck and hands is not enough. Gosh, what else can we worry about?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” – The Beatles
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com