While I lived in wyoming, cooped up in my room, all I could think about was returning to Yosemite Valley. I drove home near sacramento in February and moved back in with my parents. It wasn't something I was too keen on, but it meant I was close to friends and close to The Valley. I quickly began taking bi-monthly trips to Yosemite to ski, climb and hang out with my friends there. It was an interesting period of time where I felt torn between two friend groups: those at home in Loomis and those in Yosemite. In late February, or maybe it was early March, I invited my best friend @masonbeseler1105 to come with me for a weekend in Yosemite to ski at Badger pass and meet my other friends. It was a really cool time. For a moment I didn't feel torn at all. Everything was in one place. On our last day, @britainandrew, @jazziroque, @masonbeseler1105 and I all headed out to Old Big Oak Flat Road. It's a stunning location with one of the best views of El Capitan in Yosemite. As the golden light of sunset rose on the walls I had Mason running back and forth on the wide trail wearing my yellow jacket. He would walk the run way once for my shots, dab, and come back with my jacket in hand only for me to make him do it again 5 minutes later. I think I said, "seriously, you only have to do this one more time" like 10 times that evening. Mason must've walked an extra mile during that sunset. It's amazing my friends put up with me and my antics. The trip ended when the sun went down, and mason and I said good by to the people of yosemite. As we drove home we FaceTimed our friend Kaarl who lives in San Diego. He's another friend, in another far away place. When I was in school, everyone was in the same place and it was easy to make plans to hang out with everyone you cared about. At first when I moved to Yosemite and was split between groups of people, I didn't like it. Now after a year, my views have changed. Time away from friends brings new energy into relationships when you reconnect. I no longer feel torn. I just feel fortunate that I can have friends in so many different places, and I look forward to seeing everyone again when my life takes me in their direction.