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Day 17 - "A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear"

Wednesday, October 11

Today was a day on the move. As soon as I got to the VC, I saw that Suzanne had left us a note for a project. There were a bunch of bear notices - basically telling folks to keep food stored, "a fed bear is a dead bear," etc. We were to trim them, laminate them, and then put on every picnic table in the park. I went to work on getting that done.

The hiker shuttle was full today, so we made a second run at 9:45. Andy drove the first van, and I took the…


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Day 16 - Spelunking For Conservation

Tuesday, October 10

Today was a very long, but very fun, day! I went back to Coronado National Memorial and had a great time there.

Andy and I woke up early to drive to Coronado. Typically, I always drive there and he drives back. On the way, I saw a couple of javelina on the side of the road! They quickly ran up the hill as I approached. Directly after that, I saw a baby deer hanging out in the middle of the road. Fun way to start the morning! The drive was rather mellow and…


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Day 15 - Youth Summit Begins

Monday, October 9

Today, we got to meet with students enjoying an annual Youth Summit! Around 15 high school students are selected to spend a week exploring southern Arizona NPS sites, and help with some projects in the parks. They will spend two nights each at: Chiricahua, Coronado, Tumacacori National Historical Park, and Saguaro National Park. They were at Chiricahua first!

We got to the top and they completed the Massai Nature Trail, with Suzanne being our interpretive…


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Day 14 - Two Weeks!

Sunday, October 8

Two weeks here, and it has been wonderful.

Today I was planning to join along for a weekend tour of Faraway Ranch (in the park) so I could learn more about it, but I got distracted by something. What was that something? Why, cleaning, of course!

Sometimes the amount that I compulsively clean things weirds me out. But in having a residence to myself, I want to ensure it's all clean just the way I like. I removed cobwebs, dusted off the ceiling fans,…


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Day 13 - Hello Saguaro!

Saturday, October 7

It's my first full weekend off! Naturally, what do I decide to do? Visit the one and only Saguaro National Park in Tucson!…


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Day 12 - The Cruelest Creature Alive

Friday, October 6

Today was pretty ordinary. I helped open the VC and then sat waiting to help visitors. During this time, I flipped through and organized my SCA handbook, park information sheets, and park employee information into a big binder. I gave visitors more information about the hiking trails, things to see in the park, and even gave a little girl a Junior Ranger book. Pretty sure the mom was more interested than the kid.

At some point during the day, Andy showed me a…


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Day 11 - Squeak

Thursday, October 5

Interesting happening. Last night around midnight, I was awoken by some noises coming from my air vent. I heard some clanking, and soon some pitter-patter. These evolved into scratching and later....some squeaks. Fun! I threw my coat over the vent for the night.

I woke up and headed to the VC to help open. Andy was there for a couple hours before having the rest of the day off. I got to staff the desk most of the day. Ann sat in a little cove, working on her…


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Day 10 - Favorite Place in the Park

Wednesday, October 4


I showed up to work in hiking gear, including my brand new moisture-wicking Fort Bowie shirt. I assembled my brand new water bladder for my backpack that I got for my birthday. It worked wonderfully. 

Andy drove the shuttle this morning, which was full of hikers. I was planning to do the hike to Inspiration Point and Heart of Rocks Loop, which was 8.3 miles total. Andy had already done that hike, so he went off to do another one. I…


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Day 9 - Junior Ranger Extraordinaire

Tuesday, October 3

A lot of notable personal progress was made today! I started the day setting up the VC, turning on computers, updating weather, and other things. I drove the hiking shuttle again today! On the way back down, Andy and I scoped out the campground to remove expired reserved tags and take some notes. Our campground host is currently on break.

We made it back to the VC, and Claire came in. Reminder that Claire is the geology intern with Americorps who works…


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Day 8 - A Chauffeur with a Radio

Monday, October 2

I woke up to the horrific news about what happened in Vegas and it put me in a very low mood starting out the day. I'm angry, sad, and frustrated. And I won't get too much more political here.

I had Kix and went to the VC. Today, I got to drive the 15 passenger van hiking shuttle! We were taking three hikers up to Massai Point, and Andy was gonna ride along. It's pretty cool driving that van. I am officially a (fancy voice) *chauffeur*.



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Day 7 - Time to SWIM

Sunday, October 1

Happy First Day of Halloween! 

I had a nice day off today. I did some cleaning and some laundry while hanging around the house. I decided that it was a good day to check out the pool. Andy had said that it was probably best to use it in the heat of the day, because it can get chilly at night. The pool is not heated.…


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Day 6 - National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 30

Happy National Public Lands Day! Always, always, ALWAYS work to preserve and protect our country's coolest places. I am very excited I get to help serve these lands. I realized I should also add a description to the titles of these posts ( as opposed to day 1, 2, 3 etc) so they are less vague.

I woke up very early at Coronado. Andy and I had to leave the site at 6:30 a.m. so we could meet up with Kim, Coronado's Interpretive Ranger, at her house to leave…


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Day 5

Friday, September 29

Today I was in two countries at one time! Hola, Mexico!

I woke up and made it to the VC at 8:00 in the morning. Andy met up with me. It was time to take the nice government Chevy Malibu over to Coronado National Memorial, two hours away. We packed up and set out! We had some fun conversations along the way, stopping in Bisbee to pick up food for the next day at Safeway. We then made it to Coronado National Memorial. Once I got out of the car, I noticed that…


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Day 4

Thursday, September 28

Today I got to see the second site of the SEAZ parks: Fort Bowie National Historic Site! This site is famous for its use by the Americans against the Chiricahua Apache Native Americans in the 19th century. Geronimo was prisoned there for a time.

I woke up, packed my lunch, and headed to the VC. There I ran into Ann, who I had never been actively working alongside. We chatted a little bit as we opened up the VC. Andy arrived, and we went to go get the…


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Day 3

Wednesday, September 27

Note: Just for those of you wondering, it is pronounced "cheer-ih-cah-wah." I had no clue how to pronounce it until I got the interview.

Today is my first day off! I decided to spend the day relaxing. I don't have two days off, so I didn't want to go explore other parks (on the list of things to do later!). I am just having a pretty relaxed day here. I may decide to go to the pool a little later. I cleaned up my room and took pictures of it to send to…


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Day 2

Tuesday, September 26

I woke up and got ready to hike. I packed myself a lunch, compiled all my hiking gear, and set off to the VC. At the VC, I got to meet Andy, the other SCA interpretive intern in my exact position. He had arrived a week earlier. He is a pretty cool guy. He graduated from Western Washington five years ago, and is from Seattle.

I said hi to Libby and Suzanne. As the VC opened, I purchased a baseball cap for Chiricahua National Monument to wear for my hike. I…


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First Day!

Monday, September 25

It's my first day!

I didn't have to hit the snooze button on my alarm at all. I got up, put on some khakis and a nice shirt, spent a nice couple of minutes getting my contact lenses in (I'm getting better at it!), and freshened up. I went and made myself a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and ate as I filled out the necessary paperwork. I put my things in my backpack and headed out. The house is like a three minute walk from the visitor center. I accidentally…


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Sunday, September 24

I woke up at our hotel in Willcox, Arizona with my mom and grandma who had driven down with me from Colorado. We took advantage of the hot breakfast they were serving before we headed off. The drive is about 45 minutes from Willcox to Chiricahua National Monument. The drive is awesome. You get stunning views of the Chiricahua Mountains and the Dos Cabezas Mountains, as well as seeing vast, arid terrain and odd looking hills and plants everywhere. The road also…


Added by Kaylene Wright on September 27, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments

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