Maria portrait
  • Expedition: Nov 8-12, 2008
  • Maria
  • Richard Iglehart Memorial Expedition: Kingsburg and Madera HS
  • Yosemite National Park. Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Valley.

I have learned that I am stronger and braver than I thought I was. And how important nature is to everyone. I have learned that even though the natural world can take care of itself, there is still a lot of things people can do to help preserve it and its beauty.

I see...these HUGE rocks and mountains, they're all so big and high. And its so funny because I'm looking at them and wondering how it would feel to be on top of one, when in fact I'm laying on the biggest one. Ha ha ha. I hear...nothing, which would usually bother me because it makes me feel alone. But this silence is really nice, and when it's really quiet, I can hear myself breathe and I know I'm so relaxed. I taste...the light wind, you can barely feel it but it tastes like wilderness. You can taste the cold gravel, sweet sugarpine, sour sap, and even the warm dirt and fresh water. I touch...the loose rocks on the ground. They seem so small and light but they make up this big Capitan, so when you hold it, it seems likely you have the WHOLE WIDE WORLD in your hands! I feel...the hot sun on my forehead, it feels warmer up on El Capitan, it is probably because we're closer to the sun.

snowy trail rainy day
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