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

What is your expectation of wilderness?

My expectation for wilderness is very big. I hope to have at least 80% of all wilderness in the U.S. to become parks or preserves or monuments. I believe wilderness should be saved; because of our expansion we are killing forests and destroying animals' homes. We should designate a certain amount of wilderness in each state. I loved the wilderness when I was little and I still love it today and I will probably still love it when I'm older.

What was the reality of wilderness?

The wilderness was wonderful. I loved it. The river filled up with rain water and many rapids formed. As the dark gray clouds moved away and the blue sky appeared, I was overjoyed. I think everyone was overjoyed. The trees were green, coniferous trees, and the other (deciduous) trees were filled with different colored leaves; it was all very beautiful. Our campsite was bare with only a little bit of grass and trees. Down in Yosemite Valley it snowed a little bit but it wasn't bad. Everything green was frozen with snow and it just reminds me of Fantasia, the move, and the ice fairies. It all looks very beautiful.

Samantha transects
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