'Daddy, are we having an adventure?'

"YES , Sweetie, we are."

We had just reached the top of the Sponge, an outcropping of rock in the Pinnacles National Monument in California. My 12-yearold daughter and I, with a friend and his likeaged son, were on the exposed rock and swept by a sudden squall of wind and blown rain and sleet. And it was an adventure—manageable, but still an adventure.

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February 11, 2002
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