Summer portrait
  • Expedition: May 10-15, 2015
  • Summer
  • New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative and Turlock High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Little Yosemite Valley

Unfortunately my first intentions for coming to Yosemite was to get the last two credits I need to graduate. It's only our second day here and I already feel a change. What I'm expecting out of this experience is an accomplishment to own, enjoying the new faces and views, learning more about nature, Yosemite wild animals and history.

I don't have much to contribute to our experience, but I am for the most part positive, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, and safe. I am also a lot older than most students so I'll be someone who can share "good in the bad" stories. I've come a long way and if I can do it anyone can do!

bridge look

Checking out the raging whitewater Merced River

What wilderness means to me is a place where you can't really see city lights, bright stars, hear cars or people. It's a place where I can go to get away from my everyday life and relax my mind in a healthy way.

My role in wilderness is to spread the message of how important wildlife truly is. Whenever I'm in the wild, pack out everything I pack in from the smallest corner wrapper to big garbage bags. Leave no Trace!

tent up

Setting up the tent with Amanda.

I can recognize fragile ecosystems in the making. I can appreciate national wilderness because I also own it! I have more knowledge now and I can share it with people.

I can volunteer or have a career in the wilderness to educate in the wilderness to educate or help keep it clean. Whenever I'm outside and see trash, I will pick it up.

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