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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rocky Mountain is the Real Deal

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Hello all, I made my way up to Rocky Mountain National Park last Thursday through Saturday to do some fieldwork and shadow Alejandro in his Interpretation duties. On Thursday, I joined the Rocky Mountain Wetlands Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) team in Horseshoe Park to set up a study for a proposed artificial beaver dam. Rocky Mountain National Park has many ungulates that eat the willows beavers use to build dams, and this has had a…
Monday, July 23, 2018

Appreciating the Outdoors

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a proud city slicker. I love living in the city. I like being around people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I love that there are always at least ten different restaurants within a one mile radius of me. I love that everything is open late and that I can go to the movie theater at midnight if I so wish.
Monday, July 23, 2018

The Influencers of this City

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Hello everyone, welcome back. In this blog post I will be talking about influential people I have met here who have made an impact on me. Now, there is definitely more than just one person that has made an impact, so I’ll go over a couple and what they did to influence me so far.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Big Time Festival

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So the queen stage of my internship is now over. The final big climb, the last big push. It’s all done, and we are very happy with the results. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life. I’m no stranger to 40-hour weeks, but 55-hour weeks are something I didn’t exactly expect. Regardless, I am very happy with the outcome.
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After waiting for what feels like a long time, monsoon season has finally hit Casa Grande Ruins! We have been having haboobs, a phenomenon similar to sandstorms, and thunderstorms. Though this brings a lot of humidity to the area, it feels great to finally have rain and see some green at the park. It is week eight and it has suddenly hit me, my time at the park along with what has turned into my…
Monday, July 23, 2018

Cocinando

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Well, this week was kind of a little bit of everything. I was nervous because of the hikes I was supposed to give, but nobody showed up and who can blame them as it was really hot and the river could do a better job of cooling them off than a two-mile hike could! I’m not going to lie; I was very tempted to jump in myself. I also had to yell at people that…
Monday, July 23, 2018

The Good Kind of Tired

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Hello all, Last week, I spent much of my time working on spreadsheets and data collection. Excel! Woo! Okay, yep, it was monotonous, but work in all its forms can be worthwhile if we understand the purpose of it. I think the spreadsheets I am putting together are helpful, and that is ultimately what I am here to do – help.
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A few weeks ago I found out that my supervisor was leaving the park service to start a new life in another state. I didn’t really know how to feel because we had only known each other for a couple of weeks, yet he knew so much about me and my story. Now that it’s been a month and his last day is this week, I am sad that he is leaving but grateful that…
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Hey guys!! I wanted to talk about free time! So as you guys know I’m in the North Cascades, more specifically on the the Marblemount station. It’s honestly in the middle of nowhere and I don’t have a car…so I spend a WHOLE LOT OF TIME on the station. Luckily, I have been able to connect to the almighty internet on my phone to post these wonderful blogs,
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Hello there! Monday was a packed day! I was excited to do the Yoga Hike again to stretch, but when I got there it turned out I was the leader. Our instructor was on vacation, the substitute had to leave for an emergency, and since I have group fitness instruction under my belt, I was next in line to teach. Very enjoyable experience! I had the group (which was over 30, mind you) collaborate and…
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Visitor's Guide to Big Bend: Part 2

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As I am winding down my time here out in the Big Bend, I have been exposed to more sights and locations that I would recommend to visitors to fully understand the grandeur of the park. Some of these places I haven’t yet visited but are on my list for where to visit later on hopefully within the next couple weeks of my internship, however I wanted to write it up for friends and family…
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This week I got to present my third program, a guided hike through our big meadow area. I haven’t done a hiking program yet, so this was a different experience. The program lasts about an hour and a half, and most of that time I focus on how open spaces like this meadow form.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Tears and DeSoto

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This week was an easy week and a new experience for me. While I was at the front desk for most of the week I also had the opportunity to go outside of the park and make bonds with some of the young local kids. Larry and I went to a nearby town called Rainsville, and had a class for little kids about DeSoto and also delved deeper into why Little River Canyon is such…
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arizona LHIP Interns Unite!

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Hey LHIP Familia, my summer has been such a busy blast so far! I recently had the huge pleasure of hosting LHIP Intern Miriam from Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona, at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
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Saludos a todos una vez más. I hope this post finds everyone in good health and enjoying their time at their respective parks. I can’t believe how fast summer has gone by, and how we will soon be gathering in Colorado for the workshop. I’ve had such a wonderful time interning at Homestead that it honestly feels like I’ve been here a lot longer.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Getting Underway

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The first two weeks as a Preservation Intern at San Francisco Maritime are in the books, and it has been quite the whirlwind already. As anyone who owns a boat would say, there’s always something to tend to, so it’s hard to imagine how the Small Boat Shop manages to tend to a multitude of boats. Furthermore, this is complicated because of the variety of vessels, in terms of models and eras.
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