Gilbert portrait
  • Expedition: May 9-13, 2016
  • Gilbert
  • Vicente Martinez and Groundwork Richmond
  • Yosemite National Park: Little Yosemite Valley and Sub Dome

Hopes and Fears: I hope to survive throughout the entire trip, also to get to know the area better and come to respect it even more than I did when I arrived. I hope to have a good first backpacking experience. Some heights frighten me but I can handle heights.
My only fear is the unknown but that’s what makes it exciting.

How has Wilderness affected your life? Wilderness has affected my life in positive ways but also negative ways. The only negative is illnesses. Wilderness has showed me that anything is possible and you can never truly know what’s coming next. It has also showed me that change is not a bad thing. Wilderness has taught me that all life coexist with each other and all play a part in the ecosystem and growth of that particular region.

This trip has made me realize how easy we have it in civilization and how much it sucks. Yosemite or any national park/wilderness is where I would rather be and it is a lot more challenging. This trip has changed me a little bit. I used observations a lot more and the other four senses as well.

Observations: Ants, orange peel fungi, snow plant, pine cones, river

I wonder: How many rivers are there in Yosemite? What kind of ants are the ones that are around here? What can you tell about a tree from its pine cones? How many times can we find Fibonacci numbers? How many types of mosquitoes in the area carry diseases? What role do ants with wings play in an ant colony? How tall can pine trees get?

gilbert and map
gilbert at night

Night games!


More night games!!!

gilbert and group
tying tarp

Tying tarp against one of the trees in the Little Yosemite Valley campground

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