Camping at Yosemite National Park  Vivek Nadig

I woke up on October 1, 2017 to go on a school trip to Yosemite; I hoped to see famous landmarks and discover wildlife that I was unable to see in the city. The bus was a six hour ride and we saw the movie The Karate Kid which starred my favorite actor, Jackie Chan! After we reached Yosemite, the counselors grouped students for each cabin. It was already late in the day, so we ate dinner and went to bed at 9:30 P.M. The next day, I was surprised that I was woken up at 6:30 A.M. I also forgot to turn on the heater at night, so the day started off terribly cold. We met our tour guide and departed on the path to see the wonders of Yosemite; as we saw nature and all of the creatures that live with it, I could hardly care about my terrible morning. Throughout the week I saw many famous landmarks including the following: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, The Majestic Hotel, and Glacier Point. Three experiences I will cherish were learning the history of Yosemite, the views, and the local wildlife. First, I loved when our tour guide explained how the Ahwahneechee people used rocks to pound acorns into flour for food, and when he told us a story about their beliefs. Next, I admired the vista when we sat for lunch at a viewpoint. From this place it was possible to see Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome, but sadly, I did not have a camera to capture the utopia-esque view. On that same day, I prized the time when we saw a wild black bear. Last, we sang songs around a campfire and had a song battle, which was a team game where we had to sing an excerpt of a song containing a word the guide told us; after some heart touching moments at the campfire, we had our last rest on the cabin beds. Next time I go to Yosemite, I would like to climb Half Dome, or maybe research how Yosemite Valley was created. Everytime I go back to Yosemite, my love for the park will be larger than the visit before.

My Yosemite Exploits Avani Kulshreshtha

The week of October 2nd, 2017 was an unforgettable outdoor experience. I made numerous memories in Yosemite, but I have three favorites. My three favorite experiences were during the Challenge Hike,  the Spider Caves exploration, and the campfire battle. On Wednesday, October 4, my hiking group decided to hike up to the top of Lower Yosemite Falls. I ate a heavy breakfast to give myself enough energy to finish the entire trek. One of our group members was sick, so we had to stop every five minutes to let her rest. Our laggard group took seven hours to complete the hike, while other groups only took about five hours. The views from OMG Rock were breathtaking, however, my camera battery died as soon as we reached the apex. The next day, the adventure in the Spider Caves was terrifying, because we stumbled across the inside of a cave in complete darkness. I ended up catching a girl twice as she rolled through the tunnel. On the last night, the entire student group sat around a campfire, and we had a song battle with each other. The NatureBridge leaders would give us a word, and we had to come up with as many songs as we could that had that word, and you could not repeat songs. Some of the words were “rock”, “love”, and “baby”. My hiking group never won, but we had a great time listening to other people’s discordant singing. All in all, my Yosemite memories will live on with me forever.