- Expedition: Apr 16-21, 2001
- West and Woodlake High Schools
- Hite's Cove
My expectations for this week is to find the knowledge that is inside me, kinda a quest. My knowledge that shows is shown to use by teachers, parents, and other adults. The knowledge I'm looking for is more of its there and I gotta find it. A knowledge you can only learn through experience. I've start[ed] [to] learn a lot and I know some people don't, but they get to learn from me. It makes me feel great to know I'm helping others learn stuff and they help me learn stuff. I think the big reason I wanted to come on this trip is because it [is] a new experience. I've tried so much new stuff and it's only Tuesday, just think of all the new stuff I['ll] learn and do by the end of the week. The reason I think I got to go is that my teacher though it will come in handy for me in the future and known this stuff will someday be useful to know. This trip is so awesome. I've really gotten to know some of the people from school better. Also people from the other school that is with West. Just being out here everything is just great the tree, birds, snow. And Wednesday, we're leaving for an even more wonderful place. It has a stream and wild flowers, and other stuff. The institute [Yosemite Institute] is wonderful. Everyone's really nice. There are games, snow, and stuff. When we were coming up here I thought it would be kinda old and bad food. But actually everything is really nice. Warm bunks, awesome food all organic. Even the bathroom is nice.
I'm really starting to miss my family, friends, and indoor plumbing. We're all wet and dirty and smelly. Two more days 'til a hot shower, clean clothes that aren't wet, food that's really bad for me. Burger King fries and green ketchup.
Hello it's 1870...
Hello it's 1870. I have just traveled here from New York here with my husband, Ronald, and my two small child[ren], Kalie, who's five, and Ivan, who's three. This trip was especially hard because I'm due with my third child who will be named Beth if a girl and Cody if a boy. My husband did not want his first son to be named after [him]. He say[s] is [is] to[o] common and does not want his children to work in the mines like their father. Before we came here, Ronald was a milkman. We're not rich, but hope someday to be wealthy. There are many different people here, only a few people from New York, mostly the people we traveled with. There are English American, Chinese, Mexicans, Native Americans. John Hite is very famous, he is married to Lucy Hite, a Native American.
My life is not as hard as I imagined it. Every morning I wake, gather eggs, milk, and cook up breakfast. Ronald gets up, eats pancakes, eggs, coffee, mild to get him to lunch during his hard day's work. I wake the children and get them dressed and fed. Then we start on Kalie's lesson[s]: sewing, cooking, clean everything. Everything a proper girl should know. Kalie is a very bright girl. She understands quickly. The only problem is she wants to read and write and learn how to do the things boy[s] learn. I have tried to explain to her [that] girls don't work. We learn how to cook, clean, and sew, raise children, and get married. She is just not getting that. She tells me that, "girls are the same, we can do the same".
How can I make this clear?