Andrew portrait
  • Expedition: Oct 16-21, 2011
  • Andrew
  • Boys and Girls Club of Merced County
  • Yosemite National Park

As I realize I accomplished my goal of taking this hike and making it through with all my fellow teammates I cense how lucky I am and how special this trip was for me. I kind of realized my passion as well and want to take steps to get a job and work while doing something I love. I come up to Yosemite every chance I get and I absolutely love it and never knew that it could maybe be a future career for me and as I talked to Lornor and Glikin I was amazed at the opportunities I have to work up here and or come back up here. So my goal is to learn more about these apportunities and take action to take advantage of them so I can do something I love. The wilderness has always really inspired me because it is so mezmorizing and beautiful it takes my breath away whenever I am out here and it makes me almost want to break down and cry because of how beautiful it is and how I feel when I am out here. Another one of my goals is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (the whole thing) when I get enough experience.

andrew w pack

Andrew on the trail.

Wilderness is a place where I don’t have to worry about what people think of me, what I wear, what I say and just the overall hatred towards one another in modern day society. When ever I come to the wilderness I always see it as an escape from the prison of a city or town. In the city or prison you are tied down and there are not a lot of things to do but when you escape you feel enlightened and ree and as if anything is possible. Whenever I come here and spend time it always brings me to tears because I think about things like “wow this is all for me” or “this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” I also think about all the people who have never experienced this or who have not been so lucky as me to be able to experience this zen place.

Andrew cooking

Cooking dinner.

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