Lenette And Yosemite

Lenette loved Yosemite and the High Country. It was she who first introduced me to the idea that we ought to take the older groups on backpacking trips to Yosemite and the High Sierras. Our first group to visit Yosemite and the High Country was the first group of boys and girls to backpack for a week in the High Country. Our proud hikers were told this by the rangers at the Yosemite. We were entirely alone for a week. Except for a ranger on horseback, there was not a soul in sight.

Hiking in the mid-fifties, we also ran into the Curry Family enjoying their yearly sojourn into the High Country. We were told it was the first time anyone was in the back country with them. Our entry into the pristine high country may have been the beginning of what was to come… Having to make reservations to camp in specific sites. That wasn’t our world then, but it’s the world of today.

Lenette came to Yosemite when she was four with her father, who would bring a trailer he built. They would stay most of the summer, and she and her father climbed most of the falls. She loved her time in the valley. She thought, even then, it was where she wanted to work and live her life.

I also found heaven in Yosemite and the High Country.  In fact, when we began looking for locations for Camp Shasta the Yosemite area was the first place we looked. It would have taken a miracle. Although we believed in miracles, it was not meant to be. Still, every year, we visited Yosemite Valley.

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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