Paola portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 27 - May 1, 2015
  • Paola
  • Generation Green Central California Consortium
  • Yosemite National Park: Little Yosemite Valley

Monday April 27, 2015
What I hope to get out of this whole experience is a bit of self discovery. At this point in my life I haven't had any challenge like this. When I look at the mountains and its surrounding nature I feel at ease almost like my troubles at home are so insignificant, yet I also feel insecure about the challenges this hike might bring to me. Every time I go to the mountains here in Yosemite I can't help but think how nature all by itself can be much more beautiful than something man made. I also feel a bit superficial and idiotic for just being swept away by my phone and thinking of trending clothes, etc. I enjoy how the wind gently caresses your face and the whispering of the water cascading down. Things like outer beauty have been blown away by this wind and aspiring to connect to this pleasant land is what's on my mind. Although I won't lie when I say I feel a bit physically challenged. I just hope to have the same thoughts I had today about this amazing view as when I grow old and wiser. I hope to share my experience with future generations whether it's my younger siblings or other younger children. As the wind clears my mind of any negative thoughts I hope to gain courage and strong ambitions for the future.

trail women

Mountain women on the trail

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Today was so challenging. First I was mad at myself for being so afraid of heights. My fear is so strong that I couldn't even enjoy the wonderful view that was right beneath my eyes. I cried although I foresaw this coming the moment I got to Curry Village, but without challenges we wouldn't grow or learn. I do feel happy that I've accomplished so much in one day. I mean I am horrified of heights, that's my #1 fear, yet I sort of grabbed the bull by the horns and got to camp safely. Honestly this whole experience has made me grow as a person.

Wednesday April 29, 2015
Today is a new day and it's also a present to wake up to the birds singing. Our guide Robin singing softly and with hunger for new adventures. Our group was divided into two and we ventured out to go to Lost Lake. I was challenged again by Raul, one of the mentors, and so I silently took his challenge. At first my fear controlled me but I decided to take the advice I was given and I started a conversation with Robin to distract me. We got lost but to me it was for the best because although we didn't get to Lost Lake we as a group, a family, accomplished something: the marvelous view would leave anyone in awe. I was so close to the mountain that I felt like it was a detailed painting that God himself made. I realized as I helped clean an illegal fire pit that it's harder to heal the harm we cause the wilderness that to consider to not harm it.

vernal break

Photo break on the top of Vernal Falls

Thursday April 30, 2015
So today we hiked up Cloud's Rest and let me tell you it was like Oh My God!! I struggled, I was sweaty and out of breath but with all my strength I managed to make it. When I looked out I was in awe. The view is heavenly and the feeling of accomplishment is just so great. Although it seems weird but I learned a bit about myself like that no one but I can get in my way to happiness. I am very capable and feel very proud. I learned that nature is not only beautiful for its scenery but for it's strong connection to us. Even though I cried and struggled I grew stronger so for that I am extremely grateful.

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