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

What are your fears and goals for the expedition?

I really don't have nay serious fears about this trip, but I am worried about a few things. One of the things I'm worried about is getting sick. I would just hate to catch a cold or something which would force me go back home before I fully discover the meaning of this trip. I am also worried about getting stomach problems. I hate getting stomach problems and also this place I'm at it, it's absolutely one of the worst places for someone to get sick at. But what I'm mostly worried about is getting seriously injured. I'm worried about having an accident and not getting treated in time due to the remote place we are at.

I also have quite a few goals I would like to accomplish in this trip. One of my most meaningful goals is to make lots of long-lasting friendships with the people around me. I would love to have a few more friends to help and also to rely only. Another goal is to leave this place with a deeper knowledge about myself but most importantly about nature and the wilderness around me. I'm sure there are lots of great things about nature that I have not discovered yet. I would like to leave this place with a positive attitude and also with respect and appreciation towards nature and others.

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

Today as I was hiking on the snow making my way to the cabin I felt something I had not felt in a long time. The fact that they actually let us hike alone was an extremely good idea. Hiking alone in the wilderness created a really quiet, peaceful and interesting scenario. As I was hiking I felt a really beautiful inner peace that made me forget all my troubles and worries, I felt like it was just me and nature on this planet. Hiking alone also made me more observative and helped me notice how beautiful the wilderness truly is. This method of hiking is definitely one of the greatest ideas ever.

What makes Yosemite sacred/special to you?

In my opinion, Yosemite definitely is one of the most special, beautiful and peaceful places I have been to. Yosemite is really special to me because it has made a big difference in my life and in my thoughts also because I have learned so much from it. This place is also peaceful and majestic because its quietness just allows us to focus on whatever it is you want and also allows us to be more observative towards nature and the wilderness. Yosemite is also some kind of religious place because once you are alone you can feel free to express yourself and also allows you to meditate, because there is absolutely nothing to bother or disturb you.

roque in the snow
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