Gilbert portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 16-21, 2001
  • Gilbert
  • Sanger and Turlock High Schools
  • Hetch Hetchy

Poet's Corner

see trout
meagerly free
sieve of trout greatly dive.
loving underwater pleasure.

(I hope to become free in spirit.)

somber colors
wind blowing with tingle
realize harmony needs colors.
break in.

(I have great intent to our group coming together as the colors of the forest.)

Large tree
towering tree
breeze through elegant tree
tree will emancipate us all
great tree.

(being a small part of this huge world puts fear in me.)

Fine Stream
sweet bluish green
gentle, forceful gliding
stream thoughtful telling lovely tales with eager flow.

See, hear, feel, know

Tree small bald of leaves
youth and weakness are present
growth will bring life strength.

clear, swift, gorgeous
river kind emerges
there is true freedom in river

Spot Raven
knowing teachers
experiences freely
Raven softly makes its pretense known

Feel Tree
rough but gentle
tree large and perplexes us

See Death
stands alone
death and pain of tree is untold see pain

Hear water
clearly hearing
listen to peaceful progress
patiently understand water

feel snow
soft and freezes
makes me wonder when its time will end
slowly making its pretense gone.


not to evade Fear.
to be released from comfort zone.
impatient desire to do something
realize strength in one's self

God's gift
away from tumultuous city
rapture is found in wilderness
true life.

filled with despair
many ytter cries are haerd
the vistas fill us with strength

A rose in the rain

A rose in the rain
companions give us strength
strength that before has been untouched
rapturous strength.

A thorn in a rose
the earnest fear
running through the soft snow
with no sight and a voice telling you where to go
every rose has its thorn.

freedom of realization
to realize harnesses wisdom
an expedition with 11 other peers
through wet, snowy, rough conditions
you can only truly realize how the companions you have give you the strength to go on.

Yosemite Institute instructor, Kim, guides the group through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias blindfolded

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