Clara portrait
  • Expedition: Oct 14-19, 2002
  • Clara
  • Turlock, Jill Kinmont Boothe, and Kingsburg High Schools
  • Yosemite National Park

Why did you want to come on this trip? 10 reasons/goals 1. Learn more about my Native American heritage 2. TO explore Yosemite 3. To camp for the first time 4. get inspiration for my artwork 5. do something new/change of pace in life 6. learn survival skills 7. freedom from parents 8. challenge myself physically 9. challenge myself emotionally 10. meeting new people

Sketch: mountains and forests

3 Fears 1. I'm afraid of getting hurt because I have torn ligaments 2. I'm afraid of not living up to the expectations I have for myself 3. I'm afraid of doing things I don't normally do

How were you challenged today?

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2002
I was challenged today by leaving Curry Village. It was hard to cut off communication w/ people back home & not have the luxury of a phone. I was also a little challenged by the hike, but it wasn't too bad. Although I've been backpacking before, I was able to push myself physically & emotionally which allowed me to learn things about myself that I hadn't known before. I was also challenged by discovering a non-found appreciation for certain blessed "throne" back at home.

Photo: team walking into aspen grove

Another thing that was hard for me was making the decision to follow them with the hike because I was getting the early stages of a migraine. But I am truly thankful that I persevered because Yosemite is so beautiful - it is almost surreal.

Photo: Dan, Clara, Racheele after breakfast

I think…I think this trip has been a growing experience for me. I'm doing new things that I've never really done and that's allowing me to discover a new side of me. Although it's hard not to think about what I'd be doing if I were home, I'm really glad I came.

I hear…Right now I hear nature - wind blowing, birds chirping. It's kind of nice to experience this because back at home it's the same ol' thing. And although I don't here the sound of my mother's loud voice, I even kind of miss her.

I touch… I touch the smooth granite that was somewhat leveled by glaciers. Earlier felt the texture of some different kinds of trees.

I see...
Sketch: tree with bird

Clara's signature

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