For years I've been entering Yosemite's wilderness permit lottery for the John Muir Trail. For years I've had no luck. I applied again this year for a start date sometime in July. Tuesday morning's lottery results came through to my email inbox. Like the days before, I prepared for the rejection. Before even reading a word, my eyes noticed the formatting was different. My eyes grew big with anticipation. I took a deep breath and read the first words:
This confirms your reservation for a Yosemite wilderness permit...
My jaw hit the floor. HOLY CRAP. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. I read on and it got better. We're approved to start from Happy Isles Nature Center. I'm in total and complete shock at this point, a true "I can't even" moment. We'd be taking the classic route, leaving from the holy land of Yosemite Valley.
I really needed an opportunity like this. It validates so many of the events of the past few months and the direction I'm moving in personally. I've been taking more charge of my destiny and it feels good. It's amazing how the universe conspires to make things happen when you commit yourself. I'm not where I want to be in life yet, but I'm sure the Trail will help move me towards it. I can't wait for all of the lessons it has in store for me.
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Help me fight for a cause!
As a lot of you know, Yosemite National Park holds a very special place in my heart. Unfortunately, the Delaware North Company is holding names of the park's properties hostage since they lost out on renewing their service contract. It's absolute greed. This park belongs to the people of the United States, not a corporation.
I'm offering to send a free 5x7" print from one of my Yosemite adventures to the first 100 people that sign the petition to Delaware North and tell them that this greed has to stop. Email or message me a screenshot of it along with your name and address and I'll get out your print.
Together, we can stop this madness!
Thank you for helping me live out my dreams. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy 2016!