Samantha portrait
  • Expedition: Dec 2-8, 2001
  • Samantha
  • Berkeley High School
  • Yosemite National Park

The Person Behind the Face:

I guess what I can say about myself is that I'm not a real talkative person. I love to laugh and play with others [and] I like when people play with me. I'm not shy, I just feel [like] I don't know what to say. I'm the type [of] person that loves to have fun and play and I don't like people to ruin [it]. I love playing jokes on people, just to see their facial expressions. I have a hard time liking my personality but I think it's because someone always tries to bring it down. I love to have fun with different people.

3 things I expect: have all the fun I can being that I'm out of learn something about myself and the people around have nature take it's course and show me the way to have fun without being bad. Wilderness

Wilderness to me is something wild, and what I did today was wild. It was hecka fun; I feel like I did something without being told to do it. Even though it had some hard obstacles, I feel [that] anyone who could do this has a lot of heart. I applaud everyone and their efforts. I didn't really take the time to look at trees but I noticed [the snow] was very deep and that the animals had [gone] into their little homes, probably to stay warm.

When I was looking at it I was thinking, 'dang, I wish I could do that'. But [I said] to myself, 'it's nothing to it but to do it, and if you're going to do it, you might as well do it well'. But just the whole thing was wild to me 'cause not once did I hear I can't do this.

Being in A Group...

is fun. You hear a lot of jokes and laughter, and the ones that lead motivate you to make it to the top of your goal. When you're by yourself you're bound to give up. You find a friendship with the people around you.

Like myself I've started to fall in love with everybody's humor. Being in a group makes it better but if you're by yourself it's boring and your thoughts go inward and nobody can hear or know what you're thinking.

Letter to Self

Things I would like to remember is all the fun me and my group had. if I was going to remember anything [about] the last couple of days [it would be] all the things I have overcome; even when I thought I wasn't going to make it. I am so comfortable with these people that I could tell them anything, no secrets, because everything we've been through in the last couple days have shown our strengths and weaknesses. And I think everybody here looks at their life in a whole different perspective. Because we have learned a lot of things about sruvival, life, friendship, an respect. If there was anything I like to change it would be nothing. Things I know I would look at 6 months from now [are] the laughter, smiles, the way we looked in the morning, the complaining, the fun we had without disrespecting each other and most of all the love.

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