Away from Sagehen and the wilderness, I found out life in the city is more complicated in a big city. During the 23 days course at ARC, we overcame so many challenges and experienced a lot of fun: backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, ropes course, etc… I really cherish all those experiences this summer. I believe that even though we are apart from each other, the spirit of JGFF is always there!!!
P.S. I miss all of you so much!!!
We want to thank Chris Raines for coming to teach us how to use pastel charcoals to create amazing drawings. It was fun because we were able to use our own imagination to add more detail to the pictures. Creating this art also let us experience a sense of enjoyment with the outcome.
On our third expedition, we hiked to several alpine lakes! We even saw the lake where Yosemite Creek begins its journey: Grant Lake! Combined with our first expedition, we have hiked nearly the entire length of Yosemite Creek up to Yosemite Falls. The hike was fun, but exhausting. In the photo, Kwok Man enjoys the view above Ten Lakes. We are so excited for our fourth expedition to Ostrander Lake and Chilnualna Falls.
Today we visited the Sequoia trees in the Mariposa Grove. We learned that they are the largest trees in the world by volume. Fire is as much a necessity as water to these trees. We visited the Grizzly Giant, which is the biggest tree in the Grove, as well as the Bachelor and Three Graces. Our interpretive tour was led by Park Ranger Chris Raines and three UCMerced Yosemite Leadership Program interns! Thank you for a fantastic visit under the trees! – Brandon
Today we interviewed some very inspirational people. We met a judge, a president of a corporation, a poet, a park ranger, an entrepreneur, an executive director of a non-profit, and more. They inspired us to become more involved in our communities, to focus on our passions, and not be distracted by negative influences. Before the interviews, we did an icebreaker where we asked questions of one another and played a thumb war game (see picture of me with Magistrate Judge Michael Seng). Today was a fun day of getting to know new people! – Alondra