Maria portrait
  • Expedition: Feb 20-25, 2005
  • Maria
  • Parlier and Franklin High Schools
  • Sierra National Forest: Hites Cove

One thing that surprised me today, was that I actually made it, walked 4 and a half miles. I actually got surprised at the fact that our camping site had a beautiful view. Here in the wilderness I feel more relaxed being next to the river without no worries whatsoever. I feel stress free and it feels different to be in an environment in which there is nothing of what we usually see in our regular lives.

How do I feel in wilderness? The wilderness is a beautiful place. Rivers, plants, mountains, rocks, grass, trees, and animals is what you usually see in the wilderness. There are no cars or houses, but pure nature. The wilderness gives me a sensation of freedom as well as tranquility. It's a place in which you can relax without the usual life environment. Being in the wilderness has helped me value more, what I have: my family, friends and my home. The wilderness is a beautiful place to relax, and I think everyone should have the pleasure to see what wilderness really is.

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