Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
One of the dreams I have to end this trip proper is to climb Clouds Rest and Half Dome on the way down to Yosemite Valley. I needed a special permit from the park to climb Half Dome. A couple of years ago the park service began a quota system that limits the amount of hikers on the Half Dome cables. It is a great thing.
I waited in line at the ranger station for a couple of hours. The rangers were super helpful and friendly. I got my permit for tomorrow. I am thankful it worked out. After getting my permit I hung out at the river soaking and more soaking and watched the sun set over the meadows. It was a relaxing day and I am excited to climb Clouds Rest tomorrow.