Ashley portrait
  • Expedition: Mar 30 - Apr 4, 2014
  • Ashley
  • Turlock High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Merced Grove Cabin


I am very glad that I came on this trip. It’s been a new experience for me. I’ve never experienced anything as great as this. I loved that it snowed because back home we never get any snow what so ever. The snow is amazing, especially the shape of it. I always thought they made up the shape of snow on tv but they didn’t. The shape is so beautiful. I always love being able to have snowball fights. I’ve never actually had a snowball fight. I was outside for about 4 hours having a snowball fight, it was fun. I got soaked but I didn’t feel it.

Ashley Snowman


I thought it would be more difficult. I expected to be hiking with the big backpack for most of this trip. The snow isn’t as bad as I thought. I thought the snow and coldness would make me hate the hiking but it hasn’t been too cold. Also the snow isn’t that hard to walk in with the snow shoes. The snow has been very cool because you can see animals foot prints in the snow. I really expected this trip to be way more challenging. I thought we were going to be sleeping in tents freezing and hiking in very cold weather. The trip isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Ashley Tongue


I plan on coming and traveling to other national parks throughout my life. I love the outdoors and the beautiful views of national parks. Ii want to hike and see different parks and forests. I plan on coming back to Yosemite many times in the future. It is so close and should be taken advantage of when 6 other states have no wilderness what so ever. Some people never visit places like this because they are not able to. I want my family to come on hikes more often over here at Yosemite. I also want pictures of other beautiful place similar to this because not every place will be the same. I want to be able to experience those different national parks while I am young and able to. I want to experience as much wilderness in my life as possible so that I don’t regret it later on in the future. Coming to places like Yosemite is a great and rare opportunity. I want to enjoy all the places that are reserved because they are reserved for a reason and every place has its beautiful views.

Ashley Tree
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