- Expedition: Apr 16-20, 2018
- Generation Green Southern
- Hetch Hetchy: Rancheria Falls
Beautiful sunny skies, cool temperatures and lots of smiles made for one wonderful trip!
This very energetic group of students from the Generation Green Southern Consortium were welcomed to Yosemite by a nice dusting of snow! The group was ecstatic to see play in the fresh powder, most of them have never had that experience before! After day one of packing up gear, the group loaded their bags (into very cramped cars) and headed north the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. From there they enjoyed mostly sunny skies and nice cool temperatures!
They hiked out and were joined by NPS Wilderness Ranger Andres, Andres taught the group about what it means to be part of the National Park Service, and what exactly a Wilderness Ranger does. Andres easily fell into the grove of the group, and everyone was sad to see him hike out the following day. However, Andres first led the group in doing some train and campground work! They all enjoyed a little manual labor, and learning more about Leave No Trace principles.
On Thursday the team explored the off trail terrain of Le Conte Point, it was a challenge to make it to the top, especially given the on/off snow/rain. Luckily trail tutus and magic glitter made an appearance helping motivate the group to finish the hike. They even made the rule "at all times you have to see a tutu, and the tutus need to see each other". The group thoroughly enjoyed solo reflection time by the river and benefited from down time among all the hype of the wilderness.
All in all it was a wonderful trip, with lots of laughter and smiles.