Isabel portrait
  • Expedition: Oct 17-22, 2004
  • Isabel
  • Kingsburg, Turlock and Jill Kinmont Boothe High Schools
  • Sierra National Forest: Hites Cove

What are your expectations of the wilderness?

My expectations of the wilderness are kind of complicated. I've never been in the wilderness, but I've heard a lot about it. I'd like to see and explore what is out there. I want to see what it's like to see if maybe in the future I could use it for something.

What was the reality of wilderness?

When we first started the backpacking trip it was the worst experience in my life. It was so cold and rainy. It made us feel sweaty but really we were soaked. And it felt like forever to get to the campground we were going to. Once we got there we all helped each other set up our tents. After all of that I guess you can say the trip was cool. I got to meet new people and we were able to bond very quickly. That night was the worst, the tents got soaked and there was a storm and all of our clothes got wet. The worst part was that I was sleeping in a puddle. The next morning we woke up and had breakfast, and the next thing you know it was lunch and the sky finally cleared and it was safe for all of us to go. I don't think I'd ever want to go backpacking again unless the weather was different.

measuring nitrates
WildLink is a proud partner of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Nature Bridge.