The calm river and warm sun created fertile ground for friendship. Even the rain couldn’t keep the group apart.
I consider myself an experienced outdoor person, and yet nothing had ever really prepared me for the entirely new world that faced me out west.
The thing that surprised me the most from this trip, was not seeing the beautiful scenery, but instead seeing how much I would grow attached to the people I paddled down the Buffalo with.
I was just excited to be able to spend a week in the Virgin Islands National Park located on the island of St. John. But this trip far exceeded any expectations.
It taught me that people from all different backgrounds have something to offer to a difficult situation, and it has made me very interested in joining the rescue service for a future career.
When I was confronted by the color palate of browns, reds, and oranges, it took some time for my eyes to adjust from their usual New England green setting.
Strips of red, orange, beige, and brown rock stretched down to the canyon floor, with the azure Colorado River twisting through rock below. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
My time in Olympic National Park convinced me of my commitment to the natural world, despite my indoor career choice.
I was entirely assured in that moment that I would find all the beauty I had come to see in Olympic National Park and more on this trip.
What defines wilderness? This is the question that the Partners in the Park participants were asked to explore during our week in Sequoia/King’s Canyon National Park.