Crystal portrait
  • Expedition: Apr 24-30, 2016
  • Crystal
  • Generation Green Central
  • Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy/Rancheria Falls

Observations: I notice a blue luminous sky that seems to go on forever. The clouds are scattered and fluffy. They are moving at a very slow pace. I’m laying on a rock at a very high altitude. The clouds are starting to clump together. It seems as if the trees in the distance touch the clouds. I’m feeling a light breeze against my cheeks. I can hear the soothing sound of a nearby waterfall drifting down. Gushing gallons and gallons of water every minute. As time goes by the clouds are getting darker and darker. The breeze is picking up velocity. It seems the storm is about to kick in. The trees have a life of their own. They have cliques, just like back at at home. We have the tall and ginormous trees. Then we have the lifeless solitary trees. Some mountains have their peaks covered in fresh snow. The bushes are dead and need life. This is probably because they are so united and close together. The trees are alive because they are scattered.

Question: solitary vs united. Does a specific kind of tree depend on whether they like to grow near other tress and be alone? Are trees like humans, do they need alone time? Does solitary kill them? Answer: Trees are like our society. We have cliques and groups and then there are the outsiders. We have the weaklings and the strong links. Some have been cut off and are missing part of them.

Why am I here? This is a question that I asked myself a few hours after arriving here. So many questions and thoughts were running through my head. Was I escaping my fears and problems? Should I be back at home facing my heartaches, fears and problems? What am I doing here? Am I really going to waste 6 days of my scheduled like for what? But after all these thoughts I feel like I am exactly where I need to be. I need to explore real beauty and real life. What I was living back home wasn’t life. It shouldn’t even be considered a lifestyle. At home it was school and cellphone. That cellular device is considered “life” but it is definitely not life at all. I realized that here at Yosemite.

My goal for the future is one and only one. To be genuinely happy with the people that I love. To never take them for granted. I want to someday be at peace with myself and forgive myself. I want to make my parents proud and I want to accomplish great things in life.

Note to my future self: You are you, never forget that. Keep your priorities straight. Your inner self knows what’s wrong and what’s right. Listen to your inner instincts. Never second guess yourself. Listen to your heart, give it what it desires. Everyone’s hear is pure on the inside. It just takes the right person to find it. Regrets are the only thing worse than remorse.

crystal at lookout

One of the best views of the dam!

at lunch

Enjoying lunch and some time to goof around

fun with friends

more goofing!

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