Greetings from Sequoia National Park!
It all began with an arduous backpacking trip through Yellowstone when I was 18. I thought I my heart would burst from exhaustion! We were eaten alive by mozzies and had to stay in our tent for almost an entire day, due to torrential rains and hail. Then to experience Bechler Meadows and the confluence of cold and hot spring fed creeks...the pain was gone. A few years later I worked as an intern at Devils Postpile National Monument and again at Joshua Tree National Park, both in California. Those years shaped me into the person I am today. Besides the technical conservation skills learned, I remember the feelings of overwhelming happiness the best. So far, those have been the best years of my life and I know that I will return to working for our Parks someday.
P.S. I support the parks because… Park employees sacrifice a lot to protect the spaces that most may see for a few days. It's their commitment to living in these remote parts of the world that need protection and funding. Without proper staffing the places that we long for while sitting at our desks or driving through traffic would become open to development, forever changing their landscape.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains is a land of superlatives: It was the second national park to be designated in the U.S., boasts the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., and is home to the largest tree on earth.
- State: California
- Established: 1890