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  • Expedition: Mar 20-25, 2005
  • Maria
  • Madera High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Merced Grove

What are your fears and goals for the expedition?

One of my biggest fears on this trip is one that mostly everyone I could say fears. I am scared that a really bad accident will happen. But I don't really care about it because the people around me know what's going on and we always stay in touch. Mostly it's like a car accident or something like that. But I trust them so it's all ok. That's one thing I fear for this trip. Three goals: For this trip I say I have many goals but here are just three of them. My first goal for this trip is to experience the wilderness and learn from what's around us. My second goal is to get to know the schoolmates I came on this trip with and try to help them as much as I can. And my third goal is to have fun and just be positive about everything, because I hardly know my schoolmates. I know I could do that. Just so I could be a better person.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Today was a good day. Everybody had a chance to express their fears to the whole group. We had a good walk to Yosemite Valley tonight to check out a powerpoint about camping out in the backcountry. I was hoping of camping out. But it was even better getting pampered in the cabins all nice and warm and waking up to a good breakfast and ending the day with a great dinner. It's been a wonderful time here at camp curry. And it's so sad that tomorrow after breakfast we're leaving to another cabin to the Merced grove. It will be great. We still have 4 more days. But I know Camp Curry will be here so I could come back and visit someday with my family. That would be AWESOME!

How did it feel during the space walk to the cabin?

Today was cold. We took a long walk in the snow to the Merced Grove cabin. As I walked through the trail by myself I felt cold and lonely. But in the inside, underneath my wet clothes I felt warm and toasty and appreciated from everyone around me. I felt as every person in my life needed me and made me feel loved. It was peaceful and I had the chance to think about so many things. And how great it was to be out here backpacking getting wet from the snow/rain. I love it!

What makes Yosemite sacred/special to you?

Yosemite is a very spiritual place for me because it's not like home. It's something better. The feeling of being out here is great. There's peace and tranquility that allows you to reveal your true feeling no matter what.

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