My Alaskan Summer

Week Ten I’ve been home for a few days now but I’ve been putting off writing this final post because it just seems so impossible to sum up all of my experiences into a few paragraphs. I could list out all the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and the things I’ve done, but…

Conquering Gunsight Mountain

Week Nine Well, I am finally on my last week. I’m currently sitting in Glenn’s office and it’s hard not to be reminded of sitting in this same place exactly nine weeks ago, waiting for my first day of work to start. At the risk of sounding corny, this is probably the biggest thing I’ve…

Rafting the Copper River

Week Eight This has been a summer of firsts: flights in bush planes, hikes on glaciers, animal sightings, and now rafting. Monday night I worked late with Glenn to put all the equipment and the rafts together so that we could hit the road on time Tuesday morning. It was a good thing we did…

Flight Tours, Boat Tours and Glacier Hikes

Week Seven This past week we went on two mini trips to both Kennicott and Anchorage. We only spent one night in Kennicott, yet managed to squeeze in some pretty amazing opportunities into that short amount of time because of the incredible speed Glenn maintained down McCarthy Road, occasionally slamming on the brakes in front…

An Educational Road Trip

Week Six This week we took the ultimate road trip around the interior part of Alaska, hitting up major parks and field offices near our own Wrangell-St. Elias. We left Monday morning up the Richardson Highway to Paxson, where we veered off to the left and down the Denali Highway. From there the road transformed…

Visitors from Home

Week Five (Part 2) Today is the halfway point for my entire trip. Five weeks behind me, five weeks ahead. So it is kind of perfect that my parents chose this weekend to come visit. Actually, they had been travelling around Alaska for a week before they made it to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and…

Ghost Stories

Week Five (Part One) I was not supposed to have lived through this past Tuesday night. We were working in Kendesnii yet again, but this time we stayed in an old cabin that was donated to the National Park Service by a woman who passed away named Betty Freed. The cabin was nothing more than a…

Breaking into My Own Cabin

Week Four I chose the worst possible day to lock myself out of my little shack. Half of the people in Boxtown are gone to either Valdez or Anchorage, including my roommate, leaving me all alone in my struggle on the first cold and dreary day after a week of 90-degree weather. But their absence…

A Work Trip to Kendesnii

Week Three I’ve had an especially hard time finding access to Internet this week, so I apologize for it taking me so long to get another post out there. All of last week I was in Kendesnii with my YCC kids, the Head of Maintenance, Wayne, and his wife, Barb. Our main objective was to…

Recreating Top Gun

Week Two The past week went by so fast that I hardly know where to begin. I’ve been doing quite a bit of organizing to prepare for the trip to Kendesnii tomorrow. Countless hours of purchasing food, sorting tents, labeling equipment, and planning a work schedule meant I spent a lot of time running errands…