Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite ﬁreﬁghters at the Yarnell Hill ﬁre in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their ﬁre shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.
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I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.
The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial ﬂour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.
Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?
Driving into Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass offers a prelude to the magniﬁcent scenic views of the park’s wilderness.
Before beginning my internship at Devils Postpile National Monument, I made a pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park to experience John Muir’s Range of Light ﬁrsthand.
Hanging upside down in the desert It feels like a while since my last update, but perhaps that’s been because I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring since ﬁrst arriving here in Moab, Utah. Arriving in Moab: now that’s a picture I’d like to paint for you.
One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.
It’s the greatest job in the world, they pay you to go places you would go on vacation, give you a carnival ride to the ground, then drop in all your camping gear.
History has always been a major interest of mine. I received my bachelor’s degree in history from Chico state in 2011, and went on to gain a masters in historic preservation at University of Oregon, intending to apply my knowledge of history to preserving the raw material of our heritage.
Where are you from? Sounds like a simple question, right?
Members of the SCA International high school crew take a ferry to the trailhead. They will work and camp about 6 miles up the valley behind them – the Big Beaver drainage.
Have you ever seen a zipline through a forest? If you said yes, then it’s probably one of those ultra-touristy, charge-people-a-lot-of-money-to-have-the-chance-to-ﬂy-through-the-trees type of deals.
Conservation Begins Here — at a Ford F350 XL Super Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine, manual transmission, and a patina of ﬁne Idaho dust coating everything inside and out.
A thick wave of smoke rolls in as the sun sets over Convict Lake in Mammoth Lakes, California.
As the interpretive interns and rangers await the arrival of shuttle busses that transport visitors into our valley every half hour, they anticipate answering a standard array of questions ranging from “How far is the hike to see Rainbow Falls?” to the classic “Which way to the bathroom?” An observant
A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused ﬁre that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service
For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campﬁres and cigarettes.
This past week I ﬁnished up my internship with the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado. It was a busy time, wrapping up with an end of term backpacking trip and several patrols. It all went by extremely quickly and before I knew it I was packing up for Moab, Utah to head to my new internship with the National Park Service.
The National Park Service does a great job of providing on-site housing for their seasonal volunteers and employees. Here at Arches, my roommates and I share a beautiful house that is surrounded by giant red rock cliffs and includes a backyard that features an array of desert life including our own juniper tree and an adorable rabbit that we’ve affectionately dubbed Marcel.
This ﬁrst blog post has been diﬃcult to conceive. I’ve been here for barely a month, and the details of my job – that is, the precise tasks that I will be doing regularly – are still being ironed out. My post is an internship with the Volunteer and Youth Program at North Cascades National Park.
Aerial photo of the USS Arizona via Wikipedia
In 2008, President George W Bush established WWII Valor in the Paciﬁc National Monument which includes sites in Hawaii, California, and Alaska. This set of historic sites reveals a wider more complete story of the War in the Paciﬁc, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the segregation of Japanese Americans.
Towards the end of one’s college career people begin to ask the question, “So what are you going to do once you graduate?” Some people have a particular career path in mind, many dream of international travel, others plan on immediately continuing their education. I simply wanted to go to Alaska.
Learning to Cross-Cut (SCA’s Maggie and David
I am writing this blog from a couch in my U.S. Forest Service bunkhouse here in Summit County, CO. It feels good to rest on this soft surface with my feet up, as my bones are aching from all of the hiking that we do here. Even so, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
Sunset at the Smokejumper base
At ﬁrst glance, my cushy job as a tour guide doesn’t seem like such a great catch. For the most part, I sit behind a desk, greet visitors and give the same 45-minute tour day-in and day-out.