Explore, North America

The Most Alive I’ve Ever Felt

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged, but now we’re back and have lots of new things in store! (:

August 3, 2014

As much as I enjoy the outdoors, you will most likely never see me willingly spend more than a week in nature. But I did, with my family at several national parks, including Yosemite. Why? To scale up the Half Dome. I was doubting myself on whether I could even make it to the halfway point. I tried two years ago with my dad, but couldn’t do it for several reasons.

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I MADE IT. It was exhausting but totally worth it.

At first, I told myself that as long as I passed where I stopped last time, I was a winner. I passed it, and I told myself to just make it to the halfway point, then I’d be a bigger winner. Every time I arrived at my goal, I started having thoughts that I could do it.


In order to reach the Half Dome, you had to scale a sub-dome that had steep stairs and a narrow pathway. Then, you had to walk between these cables on a ridiculous incline before reaching the top of the down. I was climbing the sub-dome when I looked below me and froze. Fear steeped in and I couldn’t push myself forward anymore, so I decided to go back to the base and wait. I didn’t want to be a danger to myself and others. I wasn’t happy when making that decision because I went so far to not go all the way, but it was the right choice.

I’m really proud of myself for exceeding my own expectations, and I can’t wait till the next time I surprise myself again.


Was there a time when you surprised yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

See you soon,


Photos by my father and me


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