- Expedition: Apr 29 - May 4, 2012
- Generation Green - Central California Consortium
- Yosemite National Park: Hetchy Hetchy
In this journey into nature there was beauty of all sorts. The views in general were magnificent, but not all beauty was from nature. This trip allowed me to see the inner beauty of my peers with whom I shared nature with, and each and everyones beauty allowed there to be a family. Waiting for those who struggled more, and leading the way up were all experiences that taught all of us to have compassion and patience. Being at LeConte Point is being in paradise; you feel that inner peace with yourself as well as the satisfaction of knowing that despite the struggles, you made it! Plus the view is extraordinary.
Through this experience, I learned that when you’re part of a group, teamwork and communication are crucial. Everyone in the group must work together, in fair portions, in order to be successful as a group. Each person must show respect compassion, and a good attitude towards the rest. I also learned that speaking up is very important in a group, and that it is important to not judge those who speak up.
Perhaps the most important thing I learned from this experiences, is to have faith in myself and to always strive for more, to reach my goals and not stop there, but to look beyond to what lies ahead. The story I will tell when I return home, is that of the peace and satisfaction that this journey gave me. I will tell about the satisfaction I felt in having reached Le Conte Point despite the obstacles. The way the air in LeConte Point just seemed to flow through me and at the same time, seemed to take away all my worries and gave me a sense of inner-peace with myself. I will also include in my story, the satisfaction of having seen a mother bear with her cub, and that endless moment in which I stopped to look up at them and saw the cub looking at us. I will tell them how special that moment was for me, a “bear lover,” and how the earth just seemed to stop. I will make sure to include the flowing waters. I will speak about them as what they are: a true beauty that holds such power within it. The waterfalls are important because they gave me peace and made me see that anything is possible as long as you set your goal and strive for it; just like them, keep flowing past all the obstacles and if you see no clear path, make it, do what you need to do to accomplish your goals.