The Cavalier Times
YosemiteWednesday, January 19, 2011 By Evan Cross
Most students in the seventh grade went to Yosemite National Park. Chase Browning said, “I liked the trip because of all of the amazing views and I got to spend time with my friends.” Marc Barker said, “I loved the trip because of all the fun things that we did like hiking and playing games.” Other seventh grade students did not like the trip because they are not outdoorsy, and they did not like the hiking and the food. Andrew DeAnda said, “I did not like the trip because I didn’t like to hike all day, the cabins were not the most sanitary, and the food was not very good either!” Seventh grade student Serajh Esmail said, “I liked the trip because I liked the hikes, and I enjoyed the experience and the views.” Seventh and eighth grade math teacher Ms. Monahan said, “I love sharing the Yosemite trip with the seventh grade year after year- it’s also a better way to get to know the kids in a more personal way.” All of the teachers that went on the trip to Yosemite had very good comments about the trip. Students arrived at Yosemite National Park on Sunday, October 24 around noon. The first thing that we did was unload all of our things and go into our bunk beds. Then we went on our first hike along the Tuolumne River. After that our second hike was around Crane Flat, where we stayed for the five days we were there. Our third hike was to Glacier Point and to Central Dome. Finally our last hike was around Crane Flat and along the Tuolumne River again. Every morning we had to wake up at 7:00 to eat breakfast and get ready to go on our day-long hike. When we were on our hikes we discussed the plant types and the other places we would be hiking to the next day. When we came back from our hike at 4:00 or 5:00 we had free time until dinner, which was at 7:00. We then had our camp activity around 8:00 o’clock. Some of the camp activities were a camp fire, a play about Yosemite, and a slide show about the Tuolumne River. Then there was more free time until we went to bed at 10:00. Yosemite is a very popular place in the United States. Many people travel around the world to see Yosemite Falls or to hike to Half Dome. Yosemite National Park was originally rolling hills. Then a very large iceberg formed, melted and slid down what now is the Yosemite Valley. The Giant Sequoia, the largest tree in the world, lives there. There are also many endangered species that live in the valley, the mountains and rolling hills. The trash that is left behind has a very big impact on the national park. Many people are leaving their extra food or left behind on the trail. Then animals like the ground or tree squirrel, ants, birds, and bears come and eat the food or trash. The animals start to get used to the human food and the species start to die off.