By Mr. Kit Medina
January 27, 2014
I have always been a very outdoor kind of guy. Personally I have always been more of a Ocean kind of fella but, when I met my girlfriend over a year ago, she was very big into National Parks and more of the Mountain scene. Last year, her family took me to Yosemite for the first time. WOW!!! I can't believe how Beautiful it was! Especially after having been in the car eight hours, it was great to step out and smell the fresh air of our campground. We were only about 50 feet from the Merced River which was GORGEOUS!!! I could have spent the whole trip swimming up and down stream chasing after the trout and exploring the fallen trees. We took bike rides through the meadows, visited Glacier Point and even enjoyed a few night hikes; we saw bears, robins, deer and all kinds of different birds! It was such a wonderful first experience to have shared with her and her family. At the beginning of 2014, we were able to visit Yosemite again with a more winter tone to it. It was so peaceful and quite compared to summertime. We got a chance to see Vernal, Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls. The smells were so Christmas like and I couldn't get over the difference between the two different times. We even ice skated in the valley (my first time...only fell twice =P). When we all sat outside the lodge (too cold to camp where we did in summer and it was closed off anyway) it felt like I was in a Christmas Card/Winter Wonderland...if I wasn't really there. Now, all that is left is Fall and Spring time! When asked why I support National Parks, this is what I had to say: They completely give us a breath of fresh air (literally) from everything that goes on in our lives. They help clear our heads, calm our nerves and I believe they give people hope and belief in these crazy times we live it. They make us feel alive and give us the drive of the Frontier/Explorer's Spirit. Above all else, it's God's way of showing His Beauty and presence to us while we are here on earth.