Kai portrait
  • Expedition: Feb 16-21, 2003
  • Kai
  • Berkeley, Sunnyside and Franklin High Schools
  • Yosemite National Park: Badger Pass to Dewey Point

Nickname: Kai-Pie, Munch, Munchie, Sylvester
Food: I love food… It's a way to experience other cultures and also bring people together. I can't really say that I have a favorite type of food because I love so many I love Thai food, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Mexican, and Vietnamese.
Place: I love the beach. I enjoy wiggling my bare toes in the wet sand and hearing the loud crashing of the waves as they hit the shore. It's the only place for me to totally be at peace. I guess since I'm a Pisces, being close to water is natural to me. The beach is the ultimate serene place to chill, have a nice bonfire, gaze at the sunsets and laugh as traces of salty air tickle your nose.
Movie: Pulp Fiction, Snatch, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting
Music CD: I can't really say that I have a favorite CD because I love so many genres of music. I love electronic music mostly because there are so many styles to span from. I love drum 'N bass, hard trance, 2-step garage and trip hop. I also like underground hip hop and reggae/ska.
If I could change anything in the world it would be: everyone would experience unconditional love. People take it for granted nowadays.

Kai and Ger's Leave No Trace skit

What is wilderness to you?

Wilderness is a separation from the modern world. A place where you can find yourself totally at peace. You can't find racism or poverty or hate in such a beautiful landscape of pine and rock, animals and the roaring of the rivers. It is the only place where I find myself closing my eyes to enjoy the silence, where I wouldn't need the confusion of noise from my radio of the commercialized programming of my television. I can only dream of what the world could have been without modernization, where the true balanced relationship between man and nature could be experienced. Watching beautiful sunsets only to breath in the fresh, clean air… This is what wilderness is to me.


Yesterday we took a moonlight walk near the edge of Curry Village. It was the darkest of nights that I ever seen. The moon seemed to break thru its orbit as delicate shafts of its light peered through the thick canopy of pine above us. We were silent as we walked through endless dark paths. I enjoyed the silence. All you could hear were the crunching of gravel and dirt beneath our feet. After what seemed like an eternity we reached a small clearing. It was so dark I could only see the sparkling of the granite that lay embedded on the bridge ahead of us. Remember looking off the edge down into the deep darkness of the water, hearing its loud roaring as it crashed on the rocks below. I wondered if such a beautiful thing could be taken for granted. I rummaged through my pants pockets and drew out a penny. I griped it tightly in my hand and wished on it with all my might. Kissing it gently I then tossed it into the water. I crossed my fingers and hoped that my wish would come true…

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