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

AKA "Mousey"

12.2.02 Camp Journal

The reason I came to Yosemite was because I want to experience what it is like camping. My goals for this whole week are to find out as much as I can about the environment I am living in like trees, birds etc. Most of the things that I am afraid of out here is basically everything except the squirrels and birds.

Another reason I came to Yosemite was to get to know new people and experience hiking in the mountains. Another thing I think most people came to get away from their families cause that's another reason I came I needed some time alone. So far it's pretty good. I just want to remember this cause Yosemite is a beautiful place to be instead of just seeing it in pictures - come explore Mother Nature.

drawing: bridge

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

12.3.02 Camp Journal

How I think the natives lived was food but then again it may not have been food cause the way they lived probably wasn't very easy cause they had to kill animals to make their clothes, build their houses, and eat, and use for blankets. It would probably be cool to invent your own stuff like they found clay and a lot of other stuff. For women it was probably hard cause they had to cook, clean, watch the kids.

They probably made all the dishes. But if I was a native way, way back, I think I would have liked it cause I'm outdoors just livin' the life.

You should love this experience cause most people want to get this opportunity like you did. Enjoy Mother Nature and Yosemite, the most beautiful National Park.

Mousey in the lab

Mousey in water challenge

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?

Cause maybe their like, into it and probably used to it and the other ethnic groups are like used to the city or whatever and don't want to try it. My family never been hiking cause they are not into that kind of stuff or maybe they experienced it with their families and it is fun and I want to do it over and over again (OR maybe they like adventure and exploring and seeing new things not the same).

painting: Mousey's tree

Like two days ago we all got nick names from the forest. Mine is still mousey, Jesus (wood chomper), Anthony (chickaree), John (woodpecker), Javier (thumper), Edward (grizzly), Kristen (harren), Jocelyn (badger), Umar (black bear) and its like really cool. We hiked about 15 miles but on the way they made it pretty fun. Well out of words except I hug, I love, I kiss. Mousey's out like cliz. p.s. everyday has been fun and cold.

I want to remember...

12.5.02 The thing I want to remember is when I first got on the bus to come to Yosemite and how the ride with 5 guys was. I wasn't to remember when I first arrived here how beautiful the site was. I really think Yosemite is a very beautiful place to live, visit, hike and camp at. I want to remember everybody: Umar, Kristin, Jocelyn, Jesus, Anthony, Javier and big Ed. I want to remember Half Dome, North Dome, Yosemite Falls, fire water fall, the lost arrowhead. I want to remember all the fun games I played with the guys. I want to remember how our camp leaders made us work together as a team to get through problems. I want to remember how fun Yosemite is. Jocelyn's birthday December 6.

Mousey's signature
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