Yosemite had been on fire since July. Now it had reopened, yet its riverbank was still dotted with dozens of fires like a grove of neglected campfires. My friends and I silently drove past the entrance. Were we really going to hike in this?
A Breakthrough Beginning
April 12, 2018, was a remarkable day.
After three years of unsuccessfully entering the Mt Whitney and Half Dome lotteries, I opened my email to see the opening phrase “In regards to your Lottery Application.”
We were one of the fewer than 20% of applicants who were going to hike Half Dome.