I'm physically very tired, but this is the one week of the year when I get to spend in absolute heaven, so I'm forging onward.  Yosemite 09 233 This is the week I've been training for for two months using EA SPORTS Active.  This is the trip our kids talk about all year long because they have been here in Yosemite National Park in summer and winter.  This is what nature created 87 million years ago and regenerates in some new way every single second of existence. And this is what inspires me to no end. Yosemite 09 314

We basically enter a bubble when we come to Yosemite.  I do know that Apple announced a new 3G S phone yesterday and thanks to Twitter updates, it looks like if you're in your two year plan with your 3G from last year, it's going to be expensive to upgrade already.  Ruh-Roh.  I guess Apple is after new buyers again and forgetting "those who brung you." 

But juxtaposed against five guys suspended upside down on the face of El Capitan, the thought that they're sleeping up there if they don't make it all the way to the top in one day (Sleeping in a harness, hanging from the rock), that they're watching a thunderstorm coming in from the south, and even with a 200-mm lens and walking up to nearly the base of the mountain, it's hard to pick them out; getting a 3G S right now isn't the biggest priority I have.

Last night we did our campfire out back of the house.  The kids each had about a dozen S'mores with nicely blackened marshmallows.  Our four-year-old Ashleigh got into telling everyone ghost stories involving Ariel, Dora and Ghosts and Monsters.  Kari has video of them I'm sure she's going to post thanks to the flip cameras we received in April from our friends at EA SPORTS Active.

And I got to spend about 25 minutes in my favorite spot in the park, the downward flow of Bridalveil Fall.  I spent a lot of time bracketing and changing the adjustments for aperture and shutter speed on the NIkon D-40, shooting in RAW.  Those photos now are converted over into Aperture 2 and need me to spend a little time with them seeking out the best of the best. Yosemite 09 66

The water levels are higher this summer than they were last year or certainly the year before when al 7 of the kids made the trip. But they're not quite what they were when Kari and I came her on our honeymoon in June of 2006.  Nonetheless, the views are still spectacular and it's going to be sad when we pack up in two days to go back to Dallas.  But enough about going home. 

We're headed to Sentinel Dome today; an hour and a half hike to be able to look down on creation, across and down at Half Dome, and just some of the most spectacular views on earth.   I've repeatedly told Kari that when my life is over I want to be sprinkled somewhere along the way up to Sentinel Dome and rest here for the next several million years in the peace that is Yosemite. 

Okay, time to feed the kids.  Get dressed.  Make a dozen lunches and get going.

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