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Author Jill Osborne points to a set of rock stairs from a photo that was taken on one of her hikes. 

Students at Immanuel Schools sat mesmerized as they were taken on a virtual trip up Yosemite's Half Dome on the afternoon of Oct. 26 during a presentation by author Jill Osborne. 

Osborne brought a variety of props to her presentation as well as photographs to show students how she prepared for the Half Dome hike and to give students a better understanding of how she writes her books and how she came up with a character named Riley Mae. 

"How do you think that I could possibly write anything about a trip up Yosemite's Half Dome unless I've been up to the top of Half Dome?" said Osborne. 

Osborne told the group that she's been hiking since she was young, and has visited Yosemite numerous times, however climbing Half Dome was different from any hike she'd done prior. 

"One thing I asked my family," she said. "What is the hardest hike in the park? They told me it was the top of Half Dome and that I wouldn't want to go up there because it was too hard."

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