Manuela portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 27 - May 2, 2014
  • Manuela
  • Generation Green Central California Consortium
  • Yosemite National Park: Little Yosemite Valley


What can wilderness teach you?

The sights can really have the power to influence someone, to change their perspective. It’s somehow magical because you get in touch with your inner self and don’t need to care about all those social media problems.

Manuela Group


If Yosemite had a voice what would it say to you?

If Yosemite had a voice it would tell me that life is full of hardships and sometimes you will be frustrated but when you’ve accomplished something life will be even sweeter.

Manuela Martha Ash Bag


What does the story of wilderness mean to you?

What the story of wilderness means to me is sometimes it’s okay to get away from the troubles at hand because sometimes that’s just what you need. When I’m at home I never take time to go outside because I have so much stuff to do, but coming home to the wilderness I have forgotten all my troubles and can take a deep breath and enjoy the view. To me it means take time and enjoy your life because you only have one.

Manuela Hikes


Today is one of the last days of our trip. It’s been a bittersweet thing for me. I’ve had experiences that have made me laugh and times when I want to break down and cry. By coming here I can say that I have changed. I would constantly tell myself I can’t do something and even on the trip here I felt like that. However every time I would reach the top, I wanted to cry because people didn’t tell me it was impossible. They told us we could do it. And we did! For the first time these feelings of accomplishing something was so alien to me that once we got to the top I wasn’t sure how to react. So I just kinda closed myself away, and I was tired. But being here has made me realize that anything you set out to do, do it because you might even surprise yourself.

Manuela Journal
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