Phillips portrait
  • Expedition: Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2003
  • Phillips
  • Expedition 2
  • Sierra National Forest: Hite's Cove

The difference wilderness makes in me:

In the city where I live, I like to watch t.v., play videogames, and even go skateboarding. Back home, there are many things to do. In the wilderness here at Yosemite, it's awesome. I got to go sight seeing. In the city, where there is always noise, you can never find peace and quiet. In the wilderness, I am able to hear nature and have peace and quietness. In the wilderness, I feel like a different person. I have respect for nature and for the animals that live there. Back in the city, I used to climb trees and chase animals. In the wilderness, I don't do it because it's their natural habitat. If I see a tree or animal, I leave it alone. They are living things. In the city, I'm adapted to it so I do those things. In the wilderness, I become a different person who sees what nature really is and I'd like to leave it the way it is because the wilderness is beautiful place. sketch: our tent

Wilderness is:

Wilderness is a society where no human technology exists. There are only trees, rocks, animals, and water. Wilderness, to me, is being isolated and you have to use the natural resources around you. You have to drink the water you find and go behind a bush or tree if you have to use the restroom. Wilderness is solitude. There's nothing around you except for the beautiful living things. Wilderness is also survival, you have to rely on the natural sources around you. Being in the wilderness is fun, but also scary.

Phillips & friends
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