Lorena portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 12-17, 2013
  • Lorena
  • Venture Academy
  • Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy

This has been my first experience of ever hiking, I’ve never done anything like this before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Although I did have kind of an idea which was helping me mentally prepare for this trip and I knew that by all means my endurance would be tested along the way – which it was. The first two days we had stayed at crane flat and then the transition began into backpacking in the wilderness of Rancheria. Today we together, as a team climed to the top of Lecont Point and being up there on top o the world and being able to see the lovely wilderness including the gorgeous snowy mountains is in many ways undescribable and so surreal. Honesly I hadn’t imagined how much I truly cared about this trip from the start after attending the meeting for WildLink at school and then find out that I wouldn’t be able to come on this trip. That information started sinking in and I couldn’t take it any more. I had literally cried my eyes out, didn’t get much sleep, and couldn’t get that news out of my head without being sad – I was so heart broken. My personal story is by far a long one and I have come a long way just as we did by climbing to the top of Lecont Point. Nature is a really amazing phenomenon and I’m very thankful for this experience and greatly appreciate it. I’ll never forget this amazing experience.

Lorena Jenyce all smiles

Lorena tree clearance

Stewardship is similar to volunteering in the sense that one is taking care of something by helping out in the community. Being a steward of the wilderness is important because it’s important to take care of nature which contributes to society. I think that I can bring this experience home with me by sharing it with others so that they can kind of know what the experience was like and show their appreaction for the nature by taking care of it. It’s amazing to experience nature for oneself.

Lorena walking
Lorena backpack
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