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

Knowing hardly anything from the “wild” and as any city person would say, “who cares about the woods,” making fun of hippies or people who want to defend the “wild”. Know I’m a switch turned on by the power of the wild and nature itself. The beautiful. Stunning, tall trees filled w/ their green leaves, the different smells gathered by the trees: pine, cedar, fir, and aspen, to name a few. I have fallen in love w/ them. During sunset the vibrant uplifting smooth mellow colors surrounding the sun. These are just a few of the natural and amazing things my eyes will record to see again over and over again. I now understand, I now believe, I now want to become a part of the “wild” protectors; hippies. I agree w/ protecting the earth and its natural habitat. I enjoyed learning about the Buffalo Soldiers and the first founders of our beautiful Yosemite National Park. John Muir; the name of the elementary school I attended was one of the romantics who wanted to protect their massive land. I never understood why our school logos were the shovel and a pick. I would want to and encourage other students to value nature and fall in love w/ it.

araceli packing

Packing a backpack with craftsmanship.

araceli w pack

Araceli taking a break on the trail.

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