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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Big Bend by Air

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On Friday I was finally able to get up in the air with Park Pilot Greg Drum, which I've been trying to do since I got here. He is one of two National Park Service personnel dually-appointed as pilot and law enforcement officer in the lower 48, and is a really fun guy. More or less as you would expect from someone whose office is the cabin of a 6-seater Cessna from the 1970's, Greg…
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Coyote Valley Hike

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On the first Saturday of sunny July, the Anza staff collaborated with the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara County, California, and led a four-mile hike through Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. We woke up bright and early Saturday morning to drive about an hour an a half south of San Francisco to the beautiful area of San Jose.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Oakland Outreach!

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July has been a busy month for outreach and community building; back and forth between San Francisco and Oakland, the Bay Area and the Anza Trail unite! Part of our internship as interpretation interns involves going out to different parts of the community to share the historical trail story and relay it to the public.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

And Then There Was Camp Again

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Hola! On Monday I got the chance to collaborate with two other LHIPsters, Tangy of Public Affairs and Alejandro of Rocky Mountain National Park. We joined forces to educate Latinos and Native American Indian youth on what beauties the national parks have to offer. I talked about geology, Tangy facilitated along with teaching them about some animals, and Alejandro went into detail about predator and prey and their effect on the food chain. It was…
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

The Road to Ojinaga

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Yesterday I attended the Dos Rios - Desert Landscape Conservation Design meeting in Ojinaga, México-a two hour drive from the park. I was in attendance not to directly contribute in any way, but because the work the group is doing is parallel to my Binational Vital Signs project. The meeting two weeks ago that I coordinated between the National Park Service and CONANP was similar in goals to this one, but this involved many more…
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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Hola! I realize I am late to the "blogging" party but nonetheless I am excited to introduce myself! My name is Jocelyn Perez, I was raised in the little California town of Bloomington in the huge County of San Bernardino. Both of my parents are from the hermosa city of Aguascalientes, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. before I was born. I am the third out of four girls, we all have varying interests but…
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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…
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