I have been putting off writing this final blog entry because… I don’t want the story to end.
I’m back from Katmai! Since I wasn’t able to keep up the blog over the summer, I will be retroactively posting my writings over the coming weeks.
Taking a backcountry bush flight to Nonvianuk, and reflecting on the beauty and intrigue of Katmai as autumn sweeps over the landscape.
Stories and wandering reflections from my late summer days working in Katmai. The days grow shorter, the bears grow fatter, and time marches on.
Adventures on a spontaneous overnight trip with my favorite gal pal to Fure’s Cabin in Katmai’s backcountry.
Days two and three of backpacking in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, where we explore the ignimbrite and hike to Ukak Falls.
Asa and I embark on our first backcountry trip together, backpacking in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Spoiler alert: It’s heckin’ cold and windy.
Reflecting on how my experiences in Alaska have changed over the years, and what it means now to get to share the experience with my partner.
I just felt my first earthquake! Turns out, it was the largest in the US in 50 years, and the 7th largest in US history.
In which I discover that overnight bear monitoring data collection turns out to be a surprisingly meditative experience.
The struggles of managing record visitation at Katmai with a skeleton crew, leading my first Valley Tour, and remembering why I love being a ranger.
I finally ran into my first bears (yes, bears, plural) on the Valley Road on my walk home from work. Six bears, friends. SIX. Holy murder-cow.
June has been pretty chill so far, but things are ramping up for the tourist season to start in July.
An amazing 24 hours of watching playful spring cubs and river otters in Katmai! I still can’t believe I work here.
I’m starting to get a taste of what this summer is going to be like: more visitors arriving, bears freakin’ everywhere, and mosquitoes starting!
Made it through my first week park rangering at Katmai! The takeaway: Watching bears and people together in the river is nerve-wracking.
My hike up Dumpling Mountain on my last weekend before the park opened.
Seasonal training wrapped up on Friday, and next week, the park opens to visitors. Out of the frying pan and into the fire! I still don’t feel ready…
Experiencing my first East Wind day at Brooks Camp, more bear encounters, and seasonal training.
Some short reflections on my first few days in Brooks Camp, and my first brown bear encounter.
Hello from King Salmon, AK! It has been an absolute whirlwind to get here, but I've finished my first week of training and finally have a moment to sit down and reflect in the quiet of this windy, grey Saturday morning. I'm staying here temporarily for the first...