At the suggestion of several expedition members, the THS WildLink Club decided to enter the Homecoming Parade for the first time in club history. We stayed true to wilderness ethics by using only recycled or recyclable materials and created a "walking float" - no mechanized trucks or trailers (just a few stereos and bikes for pizzazz). The student club members worked hard over three days building a campfire on a wagon, multiple banners, a "forest" and tent to carry in the parade. We won the 3rd prize for club floats even though we had no idea our walking version qualified! We were just out to spread the word about how awesome our club is!
The Turlock and Pitman High School WildLink Clubs are the frosting on my teaching cake. It driving force behind my teaching energy and the one avenue I have to get students outside and experience the earthly processes that affect their lives on a daily basis.
With all backpacking gear, meals and lodging provided by WildLink (a branch of NatureBridge), expedition members are given an opportunity to intimately experience the grandeur residing in their own back yard at no cost. The THS & PHS WildLink Club strives to fulfill the WildLink mission statement: "That the diverse California citizenry is informed, invested and committed to the enduring resource of Wilderness"
The club had very humble beginnings 14 years ago when our high school was chosen to participate in a weeklong backpacking expedition that would expose our students to their "hidden" backyard of Yosemite. Since 2001, the THS & Pitman WildLink Clubs have been proud to send over 150 students on empowering and educational week-long WildLink expeditions through the rugged and untamed wilderness areas of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks .
The 2014 expedition saw club members Juan, Jordan, Natasha, Jazzmin, Dannial, Lizzy, Erika, Jacob, Dino, Isiai & Bradley adventured up Clouds Rest while learning the intricacies of teamwork and trying to master respect for everyone in their group. All had an unforgettable time soaking-in the amazing views from atop Cloud's Rest and the sunsets from Sunrise Lakes base camps.
Laura, Zephyr and I headed out to the Stanislaus National Forest in search of a great backdrop for our family Christmas cards. Bell Meadow was just what the photo doctor ordered. Click the photo above or THIS LINK to go to the complete photo journal.
Welcome the brand spanking new and completely untested MrHollister.com. I hope the new layout will be easier to navigate and find stuff for my students, their families and any interested adventurers. This site is by no means complete, but I'm working on it between grading and staying up late trying to make my classes awesome. Be sure to check out the Hikes and Adventures page to get directions to over one bajillion trailheads that I've hiked and documented in the digital camera age. Have fun and thanks for visiting!
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.