In Yosemite, Ethan was unusually eager to hike farther than anyone else; so when our large group reached the Vernal Fall footbridge, Ethan and I continued up to the top of Vernal Falls, and kept going until we had a view of Nevada Fall. All was good, until we reached some icy patches on the trail. Here, Ethan nervously and carefully traverses one of those icy spots; Nevada Fall is in the background.
The photo was taken on January 16. Two days later, a series of storms arrived, dumping a tremendous amount of snow and rain throughout California. The snow at this particular spot is now probably higher than Ethan's head.