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

What can wilderness teach you?

As a teen being bombarded with tons of information the wilderness can teach me that there is peace in the middle of a nation’s crisis, that we can choose the path that we want and not the one that most people tell you to follow. The wilderness has so many lessons that it can teach an individual without pushing them. If Yosemite had a voice I think that it would tell me that there is so much more to see in the world that surrounds us, that there are so many things that you have to see in person because it really can’t be captured on any type of technology. But most importantly, I think that Yosemite would tell me that society is nothing more than a group of people who don’t see anything unless it is beneficial for their personal situation. I also personally think that Yosemite would tell me to not change it.

Selene Stairs

What is wilderness?

To me the wilderness is a place that is far away from society in general, a place where you can only hear your thoughts and the singing of all the birds or animals that live in a particularly piece of land, where there are no busy streets, no crowded shopping malls, and a place where violence seems to exist. To me the wilderness is not just the forest or the top of a mountain but wilderness can also be the bottom of the ocean, the dessert and the universe overall. My perspective of the wilderness has changed since I have participated in WildLink because the wilderness can change and will probably continue to change, whether these changes are man-made or just changes that have occurred through our time.

Selene Shades
Selene Trash Pickup
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