Javier portrait
  • Expedition: Dec 1-6, 2002
  • Javier
  • Merced Boys and Girls Club
  • Yosemite National Park

AKA "Thumper" GOALS and FEARS for the week

12.2.02 Well I'm gonna talk about some of the goals and some of the fears I have in Yosemite. One of my goals is to find the inner person in me since I've been in Merced I haven't been myself so hopefully I can change back into the person I really am. This place is so cool, it's like the same way like last time I've been thinking about my mom and how bad I've been treating her but when I go back I know I'm gonna be a better man. My fear is not now nothing really scares me here but I just hope that my mom will expect me back in the house. I don't want to leave - I love my home but lately I've been dumb and ignorant. My mom is just looking for the better in me and I didn't think she cared for me but maybe it was me not caring for my mom and having more respect for my brothers. My girl well love her so much she means the world to me I love her more than life itself but first when I get back I need to fix things with my mom. It might be too late but I'll try, no, I will do no more trying to be someone I'm not.

drawing: leaf

Imagine what it would be like to live as the Native Americans first did.

If I was a native Indian life could be just a little bit harder. Clothes, foods and living would be a challenge. I would look about for my food and make my own clothes but it would be quite and peaceful - but no people, nobody. Just you and the wilderness.

Photo: Javier jumping over acid river sketch: Javier's roots drawing: Javier's tree trunk

It is an established fact that people of European-American descent are more likely to use wilderness areas. Why do you think this is? Does your family use wilderness areas. If no, why not? If so, how?

I think why more Europeans come more is to see what beautiful land we have in store for them and also the reason my family or maybe other people haven't come is that they come once then they think they've seen it all, but there's a lot more stuff and things to do in the back country.

drawing: tree

I want to remember...

12.5.02 Do you know how people remember things they always remember ups and downs? Well, I could only remember the ups and not knowing what to expect when we left for here. But to remember the trees, the view was really cool, and just to remember the people. It was just one of the shibbiest things you can ever do.

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