Hiking Half Dome in June 2012

August 18, 2012

In June I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for the weekend and do a short side trip to Yosemite to hike Half Dome.  Prior to the trip I had very little knowledge what Half Dome was and I had no idea what the cables were leading up to the top of Half Dome.  This hike was one of the craziest things I’ve done so far in my life and it was one of the funnest weekend trips I’ve done in a while.

Over the next week I’m going to write different posts about the trip so for this post I’m going to write an introduction about what Half Dome is and where it is.

The day after finishing the hike we drove 25 miles to another vantage point to get this view pictured above.  Half Dome is the rock on the left of the image and the waterfall on the right is the area where we hiked.  The valley below is the floor of Yosemite where most tourists visit.  The surrounding area for miles and miles each way is Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is located in Northern California about 3 hours East of San Francisco.  Half Dome is located in the main tourist area and is one of the main attractions that many tourists go to see.

Backside of Half Dome

The cables.  The last 1,000 feet to get to the top of Half Dome consist of climbing up this steep piece of granite holding on to the cables and slowly moving from plank to plank.

The top of Half Dome. Worth every ounce of effort to get here.

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Hiking Half Dome Yosemite National Park

June 5, 2012

Today I leave on a trip to California to spend the weekend hiking in Yosemite National Park.  I have an Accounting exam in class today and then tonight I fly to San Francisco.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, I’ll spend the morning and afternoon in the city by myself while my friends are working and around evening time we’ll head to Yosemite so we can start hiking first thing Thursday morning.  Saturday afternoon we’ll head back to San Francisco and probably go out for dinner and drinks.  My flight back to Florida is at 8:00pm on Sunday so I’ll have one last day in SF to go around before I wake up Monday morning in FL with a full day of classes, including another exam.

Flying alone is one of my favorite things to do so I’m really looking forward to flying tonight.  I have a layover in Washington, DC so it’ll be a 2 hour flight with a 45 minute layover, and then a 6hr flight cross country.  I always say to myself that I’m going to start reading a good book or I’m going to study for school, but most often I typically do nothing more than stare off into space out the window with endless thoughts.  Or if I’m not in a window seat then I stare off at no place specific.  I very rarely listen to music or have a headset on and I hardly ever watch TV unless it’s a JetBlue flight on the East Coast which I don’t fly often.  So tonight I look forward to another day of flying because California is one of my favorite places to visit and knowing that I’ll be waking up in a 15th floor apartment in downtown SF with the city at my fingertips for the day makes me a very happy person!

One of my favorite places in the United States: Marin Headlands north of the Golden Gate Bridge, December 2010


Golden Gate and beyond..

December 26, 2010

December 23, 2010

I’ve been in San Francisco the whole week so far and a few days ago we rented a car and drove North of the Golden Gate.  After scrolling down and viewing my pictures from the day, I think it should be evident why this is my favorite part of the country.

After driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, we first stopped at a small park immediately north of the bridge.  After getting out of the car and snapping a few shots, we continued on to Rodeo Cove.

 

 


Merry Christmas from San Francisco

December 25, 2010

This year I’m spending Christmas in San Francisco.  It certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas but I’ve never really been a festive type of guy so that’s ok.  I’ve been in San Francisco almost a week now and so far I’ve managed to relax, relax, and relax some more.

For breakfast I went to Sear’s Fine Food which is a nice cafe near Union Square.  And since then I’ve been resting at the hotel since I have a massive headache which is now going on day three.  We’re about to head to dinner at Sinbad’s Restaurant at Embarcadero.