I wrote this short fictional fantasy piece a few years ago. It is meant for older children. It has a strong defense of nature theme, and was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
Arriving at the bank of Lost Lake above Little Yosemite Valley, I drop the 60-pound haul bag that I lugged up the steep Mist Trail and sit on a well-positioned boulder. The recent rain wasn’t enough to freshen up the stagnant lake and I am happy that I filled my water jugs in the Merced River. I look across the lake at the impressive, 2,200-foot South Face of Half Dome.