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Last light on Yosemite

Last week I finally made it back out Tioga Road to Toulumne Meadow where I took a 5+ mile hike to Dog Lake and Lembert Dome, taking the long way back. The air was cool and crisp in the high country and after the hike all I could think about was a hot meal before the long drive back to the campground. On my way to the Toulumne Lodge I saw three young bucks in a strip of sunlight that drew across a meadow. This kind of shot might not appeal to everyone but for me, finding a wild animal in the day's last light is breathtaking. Besides the symbolism of the shot, the following and enjoyment of the light, sort of sums up my first experience as a volunteer in a national park - and my first working experience in many years. During my time here I have steadily reached toward light and reason, in search of myself in this journey. Despite the many struggles, that search has been largely successful and I am much more at peace with who I am and happy for the opportunity of this adventure.

 

There are days when the glimmer of light might be just a small patch in the grass but it will grow only if I continue to allow it to do so.

 

I leave the campground on the 27th and will spend two nights at Toulumne Meadows Campground before heading east towards the Tetons and Yellowstone for an indeterminate amount of time. My next moves are contingent on the opportunities that come along. I have decided that I like volunteering in the parks and want to continue in my journey to become part of the solution, and have applied for some other positions. Let these travels take me where they want me to go.

 

I have written a new blog post that you might find entertaining: wp.me/p1l4HY-fo

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Taken on June 8, 2012