Alejandra portrait
  • Expedition: Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2002
  • Alejandra
  • Woodlake and Reedley High Schools
  • Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

How is Sequoia National Park different from home?

The sequoia are very different from home because of the air quality. Up here the scenery is very Gorgeous! And even somewhat clear. There are definitely more things to see here. Up here I feel as if I can breath easier. I also feel more free and I also feel as though I'm going to get more exercise up here.

Imagine what it would be like to be like to be one of the first people to live in the park.

I think I were a new settler here, I would probably not have survived. Unless I adapted very quickly to the environment and someone taught me how to do things by using my resources, I might have made it .

Drawing: Tharp's Cabin

October 2, 2002 Yesterday when we were hiking up to Clover Creek, it was a very challenging experience. But at the same time very rewarding. While we were hiking up hill, I thought I wasn't going to make it. I tried going at a very slow pace and even moving the straps of the backpack around. Nothing really seemed to help. I felt as though my legs and my back were just going to give up on me. As we reached higher elevation the air was getting thinner and that was making me feel worse. And to make matter worse, it was snowing a lot. But thanks to John, our WildLink supervisors, I made it. He helped carry my bag for about half a mile or so.

When we got to Clover Creek, it looked so beautiful. All the snow, trees, and the creek was so pretty. I looked to me like a setting right out of a Disney movie. We spent the night there and man I was COLD!! I liked camping out there, it was very cool. But the only thing I didn't like was that we had to go to the restroom out in the cold, cold, snow!!

On our way back to lodgepole, the hike was SO EASY!! Pretty much because it was ll downhill. Unlike going uphill, I wasn't tired at all. I'm actually proud of myself for keeping up with the others.

When we were driving back to lodgepole, it felt so great to sit on something cushy. We stopped to see the General Sherman Tree. Man that tree was so huge, I've never seen anything like it before.

Finally we made it back here to Beetle Rock and were just sitting around the fire, lounging it. And it feel so GOOD!

Photo: Patricia and Alejandra writing

October 3, 2002 Today the hike up to Ladybug Camp was somewhat easier than the one we took up to Clover Creek. I thought the weather was so great. Clear skies, great breeze, and wonderful sounds.I also like the scenery here. It is so gorgeous! Just a little below there is a river, and it makes such a soothing sound.

The only thing that I don't like about Ladybug Camp is that there are way too many bugs! But with my OFF handy I think I'm going to be just fine here in Ladybug Camp.

Drawing: General Sherman tree
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