Not gonna lie, I haven't been posting much because I'm just having too much fun. My Monday, for instance... was ABSURDLY good.
Started the day seeing old co-workers and eating chocolate cake for breakfast.
Then went to a presentation by participants in the We.R.More Symposium (Workshop for Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Outdoor Recreation and Education), dreamt up and executed by @sandyy_h.
I learned so much, as I'm sure the rest of the *packed house* did. The first faces I saw when I walked in were @josebilingue
) and @teresabaker11
(African American Nature & Parks Experience) and I almost fan girl fainted on the spot. I took pages and pages of notes, but the comment that struck me the most was one about a volunteer project the group participated in. White visitors staring at the people of color working outside in safety vests. As one participant put it, "brown folks in orange vests" has a certain stereotype to it. As much as I try, I'm still just so unaware of all the ways I'm privileged by my skin color.
After this enlightening start to the day, we went to El Cap Meadow to test out this incredible 360 degree camera.
A few more hours of work, then dinner with some of the nicest and most interesting gals on Earth, sharing laughs and stories and concerns and favorite Christmas songs.
My drive home turned into a buzz by El Cap, covered in climbers. Their lights on the wall are spectacular, blending in with the starry sky above. Bing Crosby's Silent Night came on while driving my favorite piece of road between the Valley and El Portal - that canopied section by the Cascades. It was a crisp, clear, dark, quiet night and the song and the environment just made magic.
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