The overwhelming beauty of California

Raina Parker

Major: double major-Entrepreneurship and Fashion Merchandising
Hometown: Gulfport, MS

I wanted to be a part of the Discovery Trip because I wanted to see a side of the world I have not seen. I come from a sheltered home and even though we traveled, I still wanted to know about the world. I have been to New York, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama, but nothing compares to my time in California.

I am so thankful I was able to go on this trip because I experienced the Californian lifestyle. I found myself red-eyed because of the beauty. In Yosemite, I cried so much because of the beauty of nature, and I gained appreciation of God’s creation. I especially respected how the people in San Fran take care of their environment even by charging 10 cents per plastic bag! ย The countless hills and mountains and flowers and trees will always hold a place in my heart.

FullSizeRenderAs opposed to New York the people in San Francisco were very helpful (not including the rude bus drivers in Yosemite)! I loved being a city girl and riding the subway and cable cars and other forms of public transportation. The food was phenomenal, and I cannot even describe the flavorful hibachi (I cried as I chewed the succulent food)!

I honestly cried a lot on this trip mostly because of the eye-opening experience. The prices and lifestyle and homes were so new to me. I want to travel and see what all God has created. When the trip was over, I didn’t want to go home even though I was a tad bit homesick. I just wanted to pick up my entire life and family and friends and drop it in San Fran! Because of this trip, I built strong relationships with my fellow Luckydays and made new ones with Dr. Sparky, Sarah,ย Katie,ย Mrs. Pat, and Mr. David, and I will cherish this discovery for the rest of my life.

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