by Ava, Period 4
“The climb is tough, but the view from the top is worth it.”
We’ve all heard this quote before, but I had never found a way to apply it to my real life until I reached the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Glacier Point sits at an elevation of 7,214 feet and it is named so because it was formed by glaciers slowly wearing away over time. Can you believe that, at one point, the entire landscape was just ice? It’s hard to imagine, but those glaciers are what created the signature slopes, waterfalls and valleys that make Glacier Point a miraculous place.
Glacier Point had different areas where you could stand and observe the natural beauty – some of which were on top of rocks dangerously close to the edge and others that were a more safe distance. In every direction you looked, it was a completely different view. Looking down, I got a sense of vertigo that was shocking but I kept doing it because it was amazing to see the waterfalls and snow peaks so far below. Being so high up, I felt like I could see the world for thousands of miles. The feeling of seeing such a beautiful and unbelievable view in all directions was indescribable. It was definitely a life-changing experience that put a lot of things into perspective.