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

What is your culture or your family’s impression of wilderness?
In my culture wilderness is to be respected. There is no dominating nature, just coexistence.

In my family it is mixed. On my fathers side my family enjoys going into nature much more than my mothers side. On my mothers side there are some who enjoy it but only to an extent.

Andy Shades

As I meditate by the river, I see myself jumping in. Even though in reality I know it can kill me, in my mind the river accepts me. A path forms and I get sucked into the current down that path. Under fallen trees, between the rocks and bolders that fill the river. I pass through the forest unharmed and can see all its beauty with the speed and flow of the river.

Andy Squares

Today we hiked towards an unnamed peak. Our group has given it the name Rebirth Rock. Today I saw a part of the forest that had been burnt. I realize that the burnt trees stand as a symbol. To me, it shows that a tragity may happen to you and that you can overcome the “fire” much like the trees did. That in the end you can always remain standing. To me, the trees also can represent some people. That even though the outside is scorched, it does not mean it can’t be beautiful.

Andy Journal

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