We entertained ourselves at length helping the kids start the climb, only to insist that they immediately climb down. Yes, we are deeply conflicted.
Sentinel Dome is a large, stone cap atop a mountain at the edge of Yosemite Valley. Don't you just look at it and think "I just gotta climb that...and bring the kids too!" Yeah. Me too.
The hike is mild, about a mile long, but the destination is exposed and windy, and on this day, pretty chilly. After a few minutes, the kids all sought refuge in a sheltered spot among the bushes. You can kind of see three little blobs in the left side of this photo.
On the crest of the dome is what remains of a famous tree from an Ansel Adams photo. This photo, from berkeley.edu, shows the original tree, and a later, dead version.
This is how it looks today, with five people sitting on it:
Our last adventure was a trip to Glacier Point, for another perspective on the valley from above. Although not as exposed, the kids still find the hidey-holes mighty attractive:
And Mark and I took the time to get a pic with just us...as a couple. Kind of strange!