What a year it has been. From living in the same town for 26 years, to moving 3,400 miles away to a place where I didn’t know anyone..... Wow, it’s been quite the adventure! Thank you for all your support, likes and comments, it truly inspires me.
Last summer’s focus was.....adventures. For majority of the summer, I worked only one day a week, and spent majority of my time driving/hiking around this gorgeous state. While being in a constant awe, I didn’t want to slow things down. The urge of hiking more and more, reaching the summit of the next mountain, capturing the next breathless photograph, it just never stopped.
All of this outdoor exploration through tons of new perspectives into my mind. They mostly consisted of conservation. I was constantly thinking about adventure junkies and frequent travelers. I noticed many many people traveling the world, receiving their dosage of adrenaline, and heading off to the next adventure. I started thinking that it was pretty selfish of me to come to Alaska, hike it’s beautiful mountains, explore their sea’s, but not give back to the land. Due to our minds being in awe of what this planet has to offer to us, we often overlook doing our own part to help preserve our planet. We may not all agree on climate change, but we all notice our weather patterns changing very rapidly within the last 5-10 years, even where you live.
As the planet’s temperature is rising, the Arctic regions are altered on a daily basis. My mind is blown how fast I have witnessed glaciers receding in less than a year while living here. It’s quite hard to believe. However, I do believe we should enjoy what this beautiful planet has to offer to us, while giving back just as much as we are taking out of it.
This summer, I landed a huge opportunity working on a glacier & wildlife boat tour company based out of Seward, Alaska. Seward is very small harbor town with a population of 2,500 people. There is no McDonalds or Walmart for over 80 miles! This will be quite the change for me. For five days a week, I will be face to face with magnificent whales, seals, birds, and incredible glaciers. A wonderful opportunity to educate guests, but also to use my photography and writing to spread the word even more! While I’m not working 5 days a week on the boat, I have two pretty incredible volunteer opportunities. One at the Seward SeaLife Center as a research volunteer, and the second volunteering at the Kenai Fjords National Park, assisting with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, or helping at the nature center. I am extremely excited to get out there, learn new awesome things, and share everything with you.
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