• Expedition: Mar 24-29, 2013
  • Generation Green Southern California Consortium
  • Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy

The Generation Green Southern California Consortium, made up of students from John Muir High School and Semillas del Pueblo: Anahuacalmecac, came up to Yosemite for a week of rain and hail, friendship and stewardship. They bonded through teambuilding games, quiet meditation moments, building fire out of wet materials, and hiking up to an un-named peak they called "Rebirth Rock." This group was lucky enough to gain administrative access to Hetch Hetchy while the road was closed to the public for a one-of-a-kind chance to experience true solitude in Yosemite's wilderness.

Date: March 26, 2013
Weather: Sunny with clouds
Mileage: 6 miles

  • We hiked past Hetchy Hetchy’s Dome
  • We set up camp
  • Had some dinner
  • A game of MAFIA!

Hetchy Student Picture

A student portrait of Hetch Hetchy reservoir

Date: March 27, 2013

Today was a day of walking, sleeping and eating. It was very unusual!

Group Circle at Rancheria Creek

The group gathers for a discussion above Rancheria Creek

Date: March 27, 2013
Weather: Cloudy with a chance of drizzle and sunshine

Today was a day that would make the average human say no way. Waking up in the earth that we live in. Enjoy the beauty of nature that was given. Looking at waterfalls oh what a delight. In this world they say no pain no gain. So I guess we can all hike in the rain. Sitting by a campfire laughing and telling stories. On this divine day I go to sleep with some glory.

Aricia and Comopany

National Park Service Wilderness Ranger Aricia discusses "leave no trace" principles before leading the group in stewardship of the area around their camp. The group removed six illegal fire rings and cleared downed tress on the Tiltil Valley trail.

March 27, 2013

Education v. Learning

Experience is the outdoors’ greatest teacher. Often the reason people do not engage with nature stems from accessibility and relatability. Seeing is believing – access, and company that relates yet encourages off the final degrees to a well rounded experience. “I am my greatest teacher, do not get in my way with your preconceived notions of what is, only I can educate me for true knowledge comes from within.” – Unknown

Group on Bridge

"Bridging" the gap between Los Angeles and wilderness!

March 28, 2013
Nice sunny weather
About 6 miles

Team rebirth has just finished their week trip here at Yosemite and I gotta say it was a blast. We packed and left Hetch Hetchy early in the morning, before the sun was even out, that was an amazing experience. (Getting paid in sunrises!) Everyone is tired from backpacking back but everyone seemed to have a great time. We had fun here at Yosemite but we are a little homesick, I think it’s time to go home.

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