|The trip plan from Tenaya Lake to Happy Isles (red), with side trip to Half Dome (blue)|
After spending the night in Yosemite Valley on Monday night, they were up early on Tuesday catch the shuttle bus that would take them to the trail head. From Tuesday through Friday they hiked almost 22 miles with a total elevation gain of about 13,000 feet. They summited both Cloud's Rest and Half Dome along the way.
|The first day on the trail|
They came home full of excitement. They'd had a great time!
|Back at the car, before getting a shower|
|A view from Cloud's Rest towards Half Dome and Yosemite Valley|
A couple of days after the trip Curly announced, "That was the best week of school, EVER!"
"Great!", I responded. "What did you learn?"
I just laughed. I wasn't about to argue with him, and ruin his perfect week of school. I know how much time Papa has spent with them, teaching them to read topographic maps, using a map and compass, learning how to read a trail map, how to start a fire (about 10 different ways), how to pack for a trip, how to write out and leave an outing plan, how to calculate the right weight of your backpack based on your own body weight, and just about everything else there is to know about backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, and camping.
|About to get on the cables on Half Dome|
|Heading up the cables (not learning anything)|
|At the top of Half Dome with Clouds Rest behind them|