Yosemite Conservancy Volunteer week12 2022

The noble cause of volunteering for the Yosemite Conservancy was my 2022 highlight.  For nine days we camped at Hodgen Meadows and seed collected at Akerson Meadows.  Seeds such as Juncus dubious, Juncus effusus, and torreyochloa pallida are a few native plants we gathered. 

We also participated in cleaning and beautifying a trail leading to White Wolf campground.  

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow upon our masterpiece, we reveled in the knowledge that our efforts would bestow upon future wanderers a safer and more delightful hiking journey. The trail, now an embodiment of our shared dreams and aspirations, stood as a testament to the power of imagination and camaraderie. It whispered promises of adventure and whispered secrets of hidden wonders yet to be uncovered.” 

written by Ai generator.  For the sole purpose of what it would sound like if lewis carrol volunteered 


Hodgdon Meadow Campground sign in Yosemite.

Hodgdon Meadow Campground sign in Yosemite.

Yosemite Conservancy Volunteers week1 12, 2022.

Yosemite Conservancy Volunteers week1 12, 2022.

Collecting juncus dubious seeds at ackerson meadow yosemite.

Juncus dubious

Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.
Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.

lauren and kyle

Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.

ackerson meadows yosemite nation park

Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.  Taking out nettle
Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.   Judy taking out nettle


Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.
Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.
Yosemite conservancy week12, Seed Collecting at ackerson meadows in Yosemite.
downtime at Hodgdon Meadow Campground, Big Oak Flat Road, Groveland, CA

camp nite at hodgdon meadow camp

hodgdon meadow at night

Hetch hetchy in yosemite.

hetch hetcy

Hetch hetchy in yosemite. Brian walking ahead

hetch hetcy

Camping and Hiking: Big Sur at Vantana Wilderness

Camping near Big Sur in the Vantana wilderness. On the Pine Ridge trail to Sykes Hot Springs.

3 days , 2nights July 2 -July4.  

What I learned Being able to adapt and find creative solutions without the need of a stove.  

I left the house 8 am but needed breakfast. Good ole Dennys.  I had the high caloric octane breakfast.  

-Fast Forward to 10am I am finally on the way to Big Sur. At the start of the day, I was uninspired and had second thoughts about going. Perhaps it’s a combination of money, driving, and going solo. Although I love going solo, nothing compares to a meaningful and memorable experience that is shared with others. 

-Fast Forward  to 1:30pm I get to Big Sur station to register a fire permit. However, I forgot my stove so no need for the permit.  

-ready-to-eat garbanzo beans

-trail mix

-dried mango

-plant-based oreo cookies

-cacao banana with trail mix

-oatmeal (overnight oatmeal, for two days)

  • all of which was consumed by the end of day 3

Pro Tip: I also concealed some oranges in the car as a snack when I got back. ( Your body will crave something citrusy and sweet) 

Started my hike at 2pm and got to Barlow camp at 6pm. The trail is a manageable uphill but at some point it flattens out on the ridge.  

As I trekked along the jagged ridge, the wind howling through the craggy rocks, I had anticipated a revelation, an awakening that would infuse my weary bones with a sense of purpose. I yearned for that “inspiration” that would ignite my soul, making me feel as if I were truly living my best life. But alas, the grandeur of Manuel Peak and Vantana Mountain remained a mere backdrop to my wandering thoughts.

The towering peaks, once rumored to possess an ethereal energy, seemed nothing more than indifferent sentinels in the fading light. The mist hung heavy in the air, shrouding the landscape in an eerie silence that whispered of forgotten tales. Yet, my heart remained untouched, a barren wasteland craving the seed of inspiration.” Ai Generated, but perfectly expresses the expereience.

2nd Day. I trekked 6 miles to Sykes hot springs. The water in the spring looked unsanitized and was more inspired to leave than explore. 

-Fast forward to 3 pm, I found myself at a spring and just layed out in the sun, taking in the water with bare feet and unapologetic stink. I randomly took photos of the water and tried to photograph some plants with some epic sidelight. they came out meh!

-On the 2nd night I had much better sleep and was ready for the hike out.

-On the 3rd day I woke up at 7:30 and headed out by 8:30. The hike back to the car with an 8lbs pack had little to no consequence of difficulty. The proof of this is when I completed the trek in an hour less time.

ohh those oranges were delicious.

This hike is easy.  The difficulty are the long pockets of bare sun exposure.  

video attempt #3

“An idle mind is a devils playground”

Quarantine is forcing me to constantly use whatever outlet to keep my mind occupied.  So in that spirit ive been relearning premier pro.  Enjoy the art of beginning video edits.

Thailand blog

The worst thing you can do for yourself when your feeling detached from your work and perhaps feeling guilt or panicked about it is to punish yourself.  Take a break and do other things that interest you. Generate enthusiasm and learn to love making art again.  Thailand was God Sent and the perfect motivation.    

farm apprenticeship

What can I say about my farm apprenticeship at Earth Matters?  It has given me a bigger understanding of growing food. If you feed the soil your plants will grow. What vegetables can grow during the fall or spring?

Giraffe and tedious midnight the bike

I’ve had this image since 2011! Back then it was intended for a fine art project and the original root concept was booed off the stage. 

 “In the aftermath of a horrible performance splattered tomatoes, banana peels, oreo cookies, and shoes, surrounds the deadpan and tense jaw character.” 

 However, it never materialized until today. With a new root concept, I present to you my next and upcoming project. Titled: Giraffe and tedious midnight the bike. Ghost Hunt
stayed tuned for fun and silly updates

magical evening

its been awhile since I brainstormed on something creative.  So with that thought in mind I reworked this image of hatching man.  It is not done yet but it was practice  and using creativity definitely reminded me of the joys of art brainstorming. 


I am suspect of turning this real life couples wedding photo into a comedy with that i feel aweful.   

April 2019 call back

Its May and Im still unemployed!

But I can’t complain because getting a rug pulled from underneath you makes you appreciate the tiny micro things that ive taken for granted in the past.  

But I wanted to do a recap on April 2019.  April was a captivating month.  It started with lots of head room space that was later filled with experience, education, and growing pains.  


-Tv Production class met every monday and wednesday 630-930 for a whole month.  OUr final consisted of us having to make a live show and be seen on the bric facebook page. Tricaster anyone?

-Rash on the leg is becoming obsolete. 

-And I ran, I ran so far away

-The bulbs that was planted in Dec2018 came out full force. (see picture)

-Went to a hot sauce convention, and it was dope.  Hellboy hot sauce was pretty gnarly 


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