Cyrus portrait
  • Expedition: Oct 22-26, 2011
  • Cyrus
  • Kingsburg High School
  • Yosemite National Park

Day 1

When we passed the wilderness sign it show us what to expect when we started backpacking, which was completely different from any city or town. Seeing this massive landscape helps me understand why so many people come here. Anybody that visits this place will known why it’s being protected, and that it is a very rare site for many people. To be able to see the Earth at its most natural state is a blessing.

Day 2

During this trip I hope to learn a lot of things. [One] of the biggest things I would like to learn is how to function without wasting time, or hurting the area I am at whether it be my own town of Kingsburg or a vast wilderness such as Yosemite. Other skills I would like to learn are leadership skills and working better in a team. Today we hiked for a while before actually setting up a camp. I instead of setting camp up went to go get water which turned out to be a 2.5 mile hiking trip up and down hill (water never tasted so good). Lastly I am writing in this journal in front of half-dome and to my right is a sunset.

cyrus journaling

"To be able to see the Earth at its most natural state is a blessing."

Day 4

Today we awoke from camp without needing to set it down. We then had a spirit walk which was alone I think this walk helped clear our minds and let us relax and just think about where we are. Alex has brought a clear mind which helped us remember to bring certain things and to stay focused when using instructions.

Cyrus gummi worms high low

Enjoying some gummi worms after hiking to El Cap.

Day 5

The event that stuck out the most was waking up in the middle of the night and seeing the stars like never before. I could see more constellations and stars than I ever thought possible. It was weirdly inspire. This also occurred in half dome when I saw the stars while eating. Being in such a rare and amazing landscape, plus the night sky really gave me a new point of view of where I am.

Cyrus by river

Cyrus journaling by the Merced.

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