Ever since getting married, I have had people tell me about how lucky I am to have Tom Kinnier as my father-in-law. I typically agree with them. However, on this particular morning, I was feeling quite grumpy towards him when I was awakened at 4:30 by a bright light illuminating his far too chipper face.
I had been pondering throughout this backpacking trip if you could actually consider what we were doing a vacation. On this morning, I came to my conclusion. This was not a vacation.
However, I did come to realize that what we were about to do was worth every second of lost sleep, and my admiration for my father-in-law was restored.
(I'm still debating the whole backpacking is a vacation thing though.)
Half Dome was
I had no concept of how steep the climb up half dome was until I saw it in person.
We took these pictures here before we found the "diving board" at the top of Half Dome. Once we found it, we had to take a whole bunch more pictures.
I know that my arabesque is not quite as beautiful in this picture as the first one. This spot was just SLIGHTLY more dangerous than that first spot, so I was feeling a little more timid about how high I placed my leg. And I was pretty much yelling at Nick to get off the ledge the entire time I was taking pictures of him there.
Climbing Half Dome was probably one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done. And I am so glad we did it as early as we did, because it got absurdly hot and crowded as the day went on.