Maria portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 29 - May 4, 2012
  • Maria
  • Generation Green - Central California Consortium
  • Yosemite National Park: Hetchy Hetchy

Today was a pretty exciting Day. At first, when our Journey began I thought it was going to be such a long day. But in the end it was all worth it. We made, I made it to the top of the mountain. It was awsom the air feels good. I am full of life the view is Beautifulundescribably we saw so much but yet nothing at all. =) I could see everything up here the place we camped the bridge we crossed to get here. Its amazing there are not enough words to describe this place.

Maria and Cynthia

I have learned so much from this experience. There are so many things that I have learned. The view is just so breath taking I gotta say At First when I heard that we were gonna be hiking alone for a while there were a lot of things going through my head. Of course I thought about what if I get hurt, what if I find a snake. However, I was willing to take the challenge and go through this experience. The one thing I will For sure take from this is that if there is a will then there must be a solution. I enjoyed this very much because I reflected a lot on myself and the things I am not doing correctly. For example right now I have gotten to the point were I am not longer listening to things with my heart. I am just going along my life like Cynthia says on auto mode. I feel like I found my love for nature in this place. Yet I also found myself. The memories that I have made with my new familia like Jonathan says are going to stay in my heart forever. Now I have a new experience to share with my sibilings. Just like the spriti of Yosemite is change. Change is what I want to be for my community. God has giving me so much now I gotta learn how to apresiate what I have. To me this Journey was all about find the connection with myself and overcoming my fears, even though I did not know it. =)

Maria Contemplates

There are so many stories here in Yosemite that are just waiting to be discover. This place is a place of calmness, quite and peace. This place has a lot to offer to the people who really listen with the heart. I think that just how this place gives so much to us we need to give back to it as well like try to preserve this place and try to protect it so that one day our kids can have the opportunity to enjoy this place and have their own stories just like we did. Yosemite is a place that just takes your breath away. It’s a place where total strangers can come together and learn how to be a family and work together to enjoy everything it has to offer. Like David says “give it 100%, all the way or go home.” Just like in life always give 100% to everything you do because you never know when your going to get a steep hill that is challenging you and your dreams. Someone once told me “there are always going to be brick walls along your path, to success. However don’t get discourage. Those brick walls are not there to stop you from achieving your goals; they are there to see how bad you really want some thing.” So never give up. The path is difficult but the reaching your distanation is breath taking not just because your tierd but because you know you had the courage and guts to over come a brick wall. Another thing I am taking back is working together as a team. We as a civilized “community” have gotten so used to going our own way and just caring about our selves, we been socially condition to just worry about ourselves that we forget the important stuff that are out there like helping out someone in need. Weather its by doing something for them that they can’t simply do themselves or just giving someone a smile can go a long ways. I believe Yosemite has the power to reunite people and that is part of its story. So what is Yosemite to me well lets just say that Yosemite to me is a place where people leave behind there trouble to enjoy everything it has to offer even if its just for a while. In the end its up to each one of us to decide if we want to listen with our hearts.

Maria with Shades
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