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.
Posts by Madalee Haines
by Madalee Haines | Posted Monday, August 26, 2013
by Madalee Haines | Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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.
by Madalee Haines | Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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.
White River Nat’l Forest
- Position Title
Wilderness Ranger; Park Guide
- Field Site Name
White River Nat’l Forest, CO; Canyonlands NP, UT
- Dream Job
Interpretive Park Ranger in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Mountain Bike Guide, Professional Surfer (this is a DREAM, right?)
- If I could pass a law…
I would help to subsidize the creation of more bike lanes in cities as a way to encourage commuting by bike. Hopefully, this would help to decrease pollution by car exhaust fumes and increase the health of many city dwellers.
- The person who inspires me post is…
my mother, she’s a free spirit and a wonderful person.
- If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
a wave on the ocean.
- Most memorable outdoor moment
I recently watched a herd of elk move down a mountain ridge here in White River National Forest. My partners and I sat by a sub-alpine lakeshore and watched them move down the terrain, listening to them bugle, bark, and grunt. There were upwards of thirty elk in the herd and we were all awestruck by the sight.
- Favorite Song
“Welcome Home” by Radical Face
“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” —Unknown
What forces, events, or inﬂuences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? Like many people in the SCA, my love for the outdoors has been with me since childhood. My father helped to encourage this passion by taking our family on camping trips to the White Mountains in New Hampshire or on day hikes around Pennsylvania. In the summers, I would visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my cousins, and it became one of my favorite places. I love landscapes from the beach to the mountains and I attribute much of that to the opportunities that I had to travel early on in life.