One of the most memorable experience I will never forget is my visit to Yellowstone National Park. My adventure began when I was selected to attend a two week long cattle drive experience in the beautiful mountains of Montana. Through this experience I got the chance to live in a working ranch and ride around in horses. Originally, when I first signed up for this adventure, I was simply looking for something to do over the summer and nothing seemed better than riding horses all day. However, little did I know that I would also get the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful, breath taking, jaw dropping places in the world.
Coming from an area in Southern California known as Orange County I was not really exposed to a lot of the wonders of the world. Orange County is made up of several cities that are tightly packed together with a very big population. In Orange County the most “wild” we got was the beach or sometimes even small trial hikes in nearby canyons. That is why when I visited Yellowstone National Park I was blown away by its beauty and its richness is life. Never in my life had I seen anything like that. Visiting Yellowstone changed the way I looked at life because my whole life I was living in a bubble and knew nothing outside of my city. I was blinded from a world that I did not know existed. When I would watch the National Geographic channel and would see these places on TV I would always think that places like Yellowstone were almost too good to be true. Little did I know that I was only a couple states away. Yellowstone, snatched me out my bubble and made me appreciate life a lot more for what it is. This sense of appreciation allowed me to reflect back on how I looked at nature and the importance of preserving it. For example, before visiting Yellowstone I would always pass the opportunities to do anything that required the outdoors or never really thought that I would make a difference if I recycled the soda can I was drinking. However, after Yellowstone I realized that we have so much to loose if we do not begin to change the way we are living our lives and the way we protect our natural environment.
Yellowstone did not only open my eyes to a whole new world but it also made me feel relaxed and free. Life in Orange County is very fast paced and stressful not leaving very much room for relaxation. Yellowstone’s atmosphere was so relaxing that it allowed me to take a moment to admire its beauty and appreciate what was in front of my eyes. Lastly, this site was important to me because that aside from witnessing the beautiful landscape it also allowed me to experience some of Yellowstone’s wildlife. I was filled with joy when I first saw a wild bison in its natural habitat. This was fairly important to me because I wildest thing I had ever seen in my life was seals at the port in San Francisco.
Yellowstone was a great experience that I will never forget because it opened my eyes to another world that I did not know existed. It is an important World Heritage site that must be preserved for future generations to visit. Yellowstone has so much to offer and so much to learn from.