Monday, July 02, 2007

Half Dome

I saw this mural from Interstate 5 then got off the freeway and drove around and around trying to find the place. Getting to the location of this mural and the Solid Rock Gym is tricky because it's between the freeway and the trolley tracks on a partial one way street...well I got there. The mural is of the famous rock form called Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. I hear that Half Dome is a serious climb with a guard rail at the peak where you hold on tight and pull yourself to the top. I'm scared just thinking about it! Any Half Dome climbers out there? Tell us about your brave adventure!


Blogger AL said...

It defintely is not for people afraid of heights. You climb up the sloped side (of course) only guided by a sketchy hand rail. But once at the top you feel like you're on top of the world and it is completely worth it.

Another one that is equally crazy is Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.

But yeah I climb at solid rock a couple times. Never really noticed that it's a picture of half dome.

Mon Jul 02, 12:05:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Curly said...

I saw it in the portal and thought "what a landscape". I feel ever so slightly cheated now!:)

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Mon Jul 02, 01:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Aigars Bruvelis said...

Its beautiful and surreal:)

Mon Jul 02, 04:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shot. Never saw a mural like this one before.

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Tue Jul 03, 03:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legend of Half Dome
At one time, an Ahwahnee who lived in Yosemite Valley went to Mono Lake and wed Tesaiyac(Tysia is young girl in Paiute). He decided to return with her to Yosemite. They began their journey, he carrying deer skins, and she holding a baby cradle called a hoob in her arms and carrying a basket on her back. When they reached the site of present-day Mirror Lake, they began to quarrel. She wanted to go back to Mono Lake, but he refused, saying that no oaks or other trees grew there. He would not listen to her when she said she would plant seeds.
In despair, Tesaiyac began to cry and ran back toward Mono Lake. Her husband grew angry and ran after her. Tesaiyac threw the basket at him and it became Basket Dome. She continued running and threw the baby cradle at her husband. Today, we experience it as the Royal Arches. Because they had brought anger into Yosemite, the two were turned into stone. He became North Dome and she became Half Dome, the Half Dome in that photo. Tesaiyac regretted the quarrel and began to cry, forming Mirror Lake.
Today, you can still see the marks of those tears as they ran down her face. And if you look very carefully at Half Dome, you can see it is fashioned after the way the Mono tribe looked, hair bobbed and cut in bangs.

This is a legend of the Mono Lake Paiutes in Yosemite and Half Dome.

Fri Jul 06, 01:41:00 AM PDT  

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