A few weeks ago . . .
“Cris and I are thinking about climbing Half Dome for the 4th.”
Half Dome? My mind clicked. I didn’t really want to be a third wheel, but . . .
“Yeah. I still have to apply for passes*, but if we get them, that’s where we’ll be.”
“Would you, uhhh, mind if your sister tagged along? I haven’t been to Yosemite in forever,” and then I added, “I promise I’d be a good guest!”
“Uhh, sure . . .” Derek seemed to hesitate. “That’d be cool. I can apply for a third pass.”
“You sure?” I asked.
“Yeah, definitely.” He smiled. “No problem.”
Wednesday evening, July 3rd
My phone buzzed. It was Derek.
“So, we only got two of the passes I applied for :( ,” read the text-message.
Ohhh my goodness. I’d totally forgotten about that. Since we hadn’t talked about it in a while, I’d scheduled myself to work on the 4th and had an article due on the 5th, anyway . . . But, still, I couldn’t pass up the chance to give my brother a hard time.
“Soooo it’s going to be a brother-sister trip, then, right? ;) ,” I texted back.
“Um,” said Derek.
“Haha. Just kidding! Figures that they’d give out passes in pairs. You guys have fun. Take pictures!”
“Will do!” he said.
Friday afternoon, July 5, checking my email
One new message. Sender: Derek. Subject: At the top of Half Dome. Two attached images.
“You can probably guess how she answered,” is all he said.
Why, I oughtta . . .
I wrote back:
Ohhh!!! Hahahaha. And here I was wanting to make it a brother-sister trip. Good for you!!! I was going to tell me I hoped you’d tell me BEFORE you proposed, but I’m glad you at least told me now.
Love you so much, bro! Congrats!!!
And he said:
Haha, well this had been my plan for about six months, but I didn’t want anyone to know. It made it much harder to plan for when we didn’t get our preseason lottery passes!
And now you know, dear readers, why, as much as I’m ready to get on a jet plane and head overseas tomorrow, my wanderlust may have to wait a few months. I’m going to be a bridesmaid in another friend’s wedding in Florida in October, and now my brother is getting married! All of these weddings . . . What’s a wandering soul who can’t afford endless flights around the world to do?
* Due to seasonal crowds and to preserve the environment, etc., you have to have a permit issued by National Park Service to climb Half Dome.
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