Written by Reem Alsomali Photos by Smaher Al-harbi and Reem Alsomali
Myfirst destination was Yosemite National Park, located in central California. The park is known for its high visitation and it’s a support for a diverse number of plants and animals. Apart from habiting different species, the park is characterized by unique features like the waterfalls and attractive rocks. I reached the gate of the park and signed in at the visitor’s book and entered into the park. I connected with smaher to activity of the day started. Yosemite Park was the best hiking part since it had all sorts of hiking terrains both short and long. I decided to go hike up to Yosemite falls
THE YOSMITE NATIONAL PARK
The distance to the Yosemite falls is approximately seven miles-walk which takes to about seven to eight hours long. First, my friend Smaher and I took a hike from the valley floor with a lot of switchbacks with many steep trails. It was a very strenuous walk with rocks and sandy soils. It took us about twenty minutes before the hike leveled up. We were filled with sweats all over our bodies. We took a rest for ten minutes and then embarked to another part of the hike which was the toughest one. This time it was to hike to the top of the falls. The trail was steep and rocky becoming so hard to navigate. Some of the hikers decided to lessen but I continued hiking. It took me many hours following the signs and finally, I reached the top of the mountain which gave a very nice view of the scenery.
THW MAMMONTH LAKE
The following day, we traveled to the mammoth lake which is located on the eastern side of California. In the mammoth lakes, there are several activities to undertake to start from skiing to snowboarding. Skiing in mammoth is very interesting for one reason that it offers different terrains for all kinds of skiers, either starters or experienced ones. I was very cautious at this point since it was my first time doing a ski game. I put on the ski with a helmet to protect my head in case I fell off the way.
THREE ANTELOPE VALLEY CALIFORNIA POPPY RESERVE
The good thing was that I took a terrain for newbies which was not that speedy. At first, I was shaky but after sometime time Alice my friend came by to give me some guidance since she was good at skiing and I really started enjoying the game. The day was almost over when we returned the skiing materials to the stores and went back to where we had taken our rooms to sleep.
Wednesday was supposed to be the last day of my trip. I decided to go and do something which was not very strenuous because, for the last three days, I got so much exhausted. I decided to go swimming in big bear lake whichoffers good and serene swimming sites that everyone can enjoy. The best place to swim is Meadow Park. I called Smaher to tell her my plan was to go swimming and she said she will join me. She came by and together we went to Meadow Park which was the best place for swimming. We wore our swimming costumesand swam along the sides of the lake
My friend taught many styles of swimming like swimming backward. She also showed me how to go deep in water and stay for many minutes without coming out of the water. After some time, we became tired and came out of the water and dried our bodies at the shores of the lake. Swimming the big bear lake marked the end of my trip and it was one of a kind to me.
I really enjoyed the best and I hope to enjoy more the next time I visit a different place for different activities. I would recommend that the prices charged are cheap and other students can afford. I recommend them to visit in the future and they will not regret.