Umar portrait
  • Expedition: Jun 3-8, 2001
  • Umar
  • Atwater High School and the Detroit Metropolitan Community Center
  • Yosemite National Park. Glen Aulin

What did I bring to WildLink?

Our diary assignment is to answer questions about,what do I bring here. Well[, I] do not think that I brought anything but myself, because I have not [been] here before. And what do I hope to gain from this park? I think I will have more respect for the water, the land, and the earth. First I hope to take back with me home is that you do not have [to be] old or [of] a certain race to take part in our wildlife hiking will be hard and I just hope I can make it.

Umar attempts to reach his place during the "acid river" group challenge


I didn't really have an idea about the wild, because of where I live. I think that if my friends and my family talk about the wild more, I think that my idea about the wild will change. I really feel the same about my [...?....], if people come up here and see the wild, the [..?..] will change. And my ideas have really changed about the wild, and after this trip I will love to come back.


I think awareness is to be happy with the environment that you're in, and not to complain. I think the people who didn't like hiking should have stayed home. And I think awareness means to listen, because Miss. Sims siad that this was not going to be a vacation and that we will be doing some work, some work- not a lot. So to be aware I think is to listen very well.

Umar listens to instructions from his group as he prepares to retrieve sample water for the Nitrate test.

Umar opens his palm pilot to write as Joel looks on.

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