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Added by Kaylene Wright on November 8, 2017 at 12:27pm — No Comments
Wednesday, October 25
Today's the day -- I have officially been working in Southeast Arizona for one month. I'd like to share some thoughts, accomplishments, and goals.
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 30, 2017 at 2:01pm — No Comments
Tuesday, October 24
I have officially been in Southeast Arizona for one month. For tomorrow's entry, I will write a month reflection!
Today was spent in the VC completing my "Foundations of Interpretation" course. The main idea of interpretation is to connect the physical resources of a site to the emotions and values of the visitor. It answers the question, "Why should I care?" It seeks to get the deeper, human meaning of these resources. This involves using tangibles,…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 25, 2017 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Monday, October 23
Today was pretty simple. Most of the day I spent doing my courses. I finished "History of the NPS" and started on "Foundations of Interpretation." Did you know that presidents are forbidden from creating national monuments in Wyoming or Alaska without congress? Did you know that every national park site designation - park, historic park, historic site, memorial, military park, battlefield, scenic river, etc. - is treated with equal importance? I kept some notes and…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 24, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments
I realized for new people following they may want to know a quick review of who's who that I mention:
Andy - the other interpretive SCA intern, in my exact position
Suzanne/Ann/Theresa - interpretive park rangers at Chiricahua
Libby - my supervisor; chief of interpretation of all three SEAZ parks
Amy - main interpretive park ranger at Fort Bowie
Kim/Chris - interpretive park…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 23, 2017 at 4:47pm — No Comments
Sunday, October 22
Today was another hike day!
I showed up at the VC. This was the second extra day I was working to take a long weekend this week. The VC was already very adequately staffed - Suzanne, Ann, Theresa, and Victoria were all working. Ann told me I could spend the day continuing to do some of my learning courses online after taking the hiker shuttle up.
A moment later, Suzanne asked if I would be up for doing another task, which involved a hike! We had a big…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 23, 2017 at 1:15pm — No Comments
Saturday, October 21
I had the first half of the day off because I would be working late to help with the Night Sky Party ("Star Party" for employees) event put on by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA). I showed up to work around 2:30 p.m. and started to do one of the online learning programs Ann had told me about. I started to do "History of the National Park Service." It's all interesting so far! Got to read about my fave park of all time which…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 22, 2017 at 11:11pm — No Comments
Friday, October 20
Morning started out as usual, I took the shuttle up to the top and had some fun conversations with the hikers. Andy had today off, but I am working a couple extra days so I can have my long weekend next weekend. When I got back, I had a conversation with one of our maintenance guys, Ruben, about his history in the park service. He said that he had…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 21, 2017 at 1:13pm — No Comments
Thursday, October 19
TODAY WAS THE DAY. TODAY I SPOTTED THE RATTLESNAKE.
Andy and I left early to make it to the Fort Bowie trailhead. We were to help Amy with a school group that day. When we arrived, the group was already there, ready. They were 5th and 6th graders from Animas, New Mexico. Andy and I greeted the adults, and I noticed one of the teachers had a Colorado shirt on. He was from Colorado! The best part was - I feel like he was even more excited to meet me than I…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 19, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments
Wednesday, October 18
I don't know what the highlight of your day was, but mine was surely spotting a tarantula in the wild! Tarantulas don't bother me one bit. I view them as completely separate from spiders. It was really neat seeing one in the wild for the first time! (Photo featured with tarantula in the center of the image; kind of difficult to see, the dark spot…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 19, 2017 at 12:25am — No Comments
Tuesday, October 17
Today we had our first All-Employee Meeting! This was actually pretty neat.
I drove the hiking shuttle and made it down to headquarters for the meeting. In there were nearly all employees from the three parks. Superintendent Allen didn't like how new people were always put on the spot, so instead everyone in the room said their name and title. I got to meet members of the trail crew, who are just a little older than I am. One guy introduced himself as the…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 17, 2017 at 11:34pm — No Comments
Monday, October 16
Beginning week four. My uniform still isn't here. No word for more than a week and half. :/
Suzanne is on her annual leave, so it was just Andy and me and Karen in the back. Some hikers came in to sign up for the shuttle, and while chatting I discovered that this couple had climbed Mount Elbert! They had also hiked 500 or so miles of the Appalachian Trail. They had some...comments about it that I feel would offend some of my friends. :l They wanted to reach…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 16, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Sunday, October 15
Three weeks here and it's fine as ever!
I decided to do my weekly cleaning routine, and this time decided to take a crack at better deep cleaning my shower. I got a lot spot cleaned, but I still need to remove the mold stains. I am currently experimenting with ways to do this. I just really want to take a bath.
While doing this I started to hear some weird noise coming from the main room (my bathroom fan was on), and it turned out someone was opening…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 16, 2017 at 10:56pm — No Comments
Saturday, October 14
Today was fun, as I got to return to Saguaro National Park!
Saguaro is a park with two "districts." One is east of Tucson and the other is west of Tucson. Last week, I had gone to the east side (Rincon Mountain District) because it was closer. This time, I went to the west side (Tucson Mountain District). …Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 15, 2017 at 2:44am — No Comments
Friday, October 13
Today was nice, and pretty uneventful. I had a half day because we had been scheduled to attend Ann's evening program Sunday night. They are so fair and considerate here regarding making sure you have adequate time off.
Andy took the morning shift, and I took the afternoon. I staffed the VC and certified two more junior rangers. During this time, I got to talk to our new permanent interpretive ranger Theresa. She is pretty awesome! We discussed how she was an…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 15, 2017 at 2:24am — No Comments
Thursday, October 12
Haha, so last night something happened! Not mice, but something that really got me spooked. I was about to head off to sleep, lights off, in bed, when I heard a very loud alarm (which I assumed to be the smoke detector) go off for a solid 7 seconds. This FREAKED me out. I could also hear the alarm echoing in the main room. I immediately got frantic and as I was about to open the door to my room, it stopped. I checked the main room and kitchen. Silent, everything…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 13, 2017 at 12:10am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 11, 2017 at 11:59pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 11, 2017 at 11:48pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 9, 2017 at 11:51pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Kaylene Wright on October 9, 2017 at 11:42pm — No Comments