Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Today I feature a guest blog by reader Ryan S. In memory of the tragedy and heroism of the Sept 11, 2001 attack on our soil, he told me 2 week ago that he was going to take a HUGE flag up to the top of Half Dome and try to get someone to photograph it from the valley. Look at the photo and read his story. Proud to be an American.
The weather outlook didn’t look ideal, so the alarms were set for 3 am. Our permits were locked in for September 9th, and myself and two of my old college roommates from Ball State University wanted to do all in our power to have the opportunity to stand on the top of Half Dome. The reports and rangers indicated that there was a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Our group did not want to sacrifice safety, so we figured that our only shot to get up to the top was to do it early. Headlamps illuminating the trail, we started around 4:30am. Two hours up the Mist Trail and the sun came up just as we could see the water cascading over Nevada Fall. We pushed on, only taking breaks when we really felt we needed to (our pace being set by an avid marathon runner). It was great being able to take advantage of the low temperature, and even when we reached the cables around 10 am, the sun was shining brightly, but the heat was tolerable. Before heading up we scanned the skies to see what the cloud situation looked like. A few whispy white spots here and there, but otherwise, bluebird skies. We mounted the cables and only looked back a few times to take in the sights before reaching the top of Half Dome. There were only about 5 to 10 others up there and we got right to work with what we set out to do at the top. We each got our pictures taken out on the famous “Diving Board”, then came the moment I had been waiting patiently for over days and about 8 miles of hiking. Out of my backpack, I pulled out a rustic, 10′ x 5′ American flag. As we stood on the diving board, it was hard not to feel patriotic as the wind waved the red, white, and blue over Yosemite Valley. While a few days premature of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I wanted it to serve as a tribute to those who lost their lives that day, and those who fight so that all of us may enjoy our freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hey Ricky….Hey Ricky…You’re so fine you blow my mind…Hey Ricky.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com