Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field

Follow Me is the place to read field dispatches from SCA members serving the planet all over the USA.

Submitted by Jenny Myung on Tue, 8/6/2013 - 15:58 / Follow me blog post

Sunset at the Smokejumper base

At first glance, my cushy job as a tour guide doesn’t seem like such a great catch. For the most part, I sit behind a desk, greet visitors and give the same 45-minute tour day-in and day-out.

Sunset at the Smokejumper base
Submitted by Jacqueline Keating on Tue, 8/6/2013 - 15:40 / Follow me blog post

“In the wilderness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Thoreau, perhaps on a dark stormy New England night by a wood burning stove after a blissful day wandering under enormous pine trees and through secluded bodies of water. The preservation of the world… what a lovely thought.

Submitted by Anna Megan Borthwick on Fri, 8/2/2013 - 16:51 / Follow me blog post

Entrance to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Certain events forever change the course of American history, defining our nation’s identity and future. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was one such event, leading America into World War II.

Submitted by Leslie Redman on Fri, 8/2/2013 - 16:31 / Follow me blog post

The sun sets over the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Pika Lake.

My journey to the Sierra actually began one year ago. I was a Florida girl living in a shabby, but expensive, Brooklyn apartment and working at a café in Manhattan.

Submitted by Jon Whiting on Fri, 8/2/2013 - 12:43 / Follow me blog post

Well, the final week of my internship has come and gone.

A few of us went down to Bon Secour National Wildlife Reserve to try and catch a sea turtle hatching at one of their beach sites. To my dismay, they sensed I was coming to the area and waited to hatch until the day after I’d left.

Submitted by Eliza Stokes on Thu, 8/1/2013 - 18:11 / Follow me blog post

I spent the past five days of my SCA internship at Child’s Glacier, a 300-450 foot tall calving glacier about an hour and a half from Cordova.

Submitted by Greg Kinman on Wed, 7/31/2013 - 16:25 / Follow me blog post

Nothing inspires a person to conserve the earth’s beauty more than spending time in true wilderness. Josh, my supervisor, and I just returned from a ten-day off-trail backpacking trip through the upland wilderness of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in eastern Interior Alaska. We traveled by bush plane, landing on tall grass in an area near Copper Mountain and the upper Charley River.

Submitted by Emmet Pruss on Tue, 7/30/2013 - 11:33 / Follow me blog post

The termination of 2 short weeks will mark the completion of the SCA program that I have been a part of with 22 companions for the last 10 months.

Submitted by Emmet Pruss on Fri, 7/26/2013 - 17:52 / Follow me blog post

Something that I knew about SCA, but didn’t fully appreciate until recently, is the storied history and shear diversity of the programs that they offer.

My program, for example, is a Residential Corps Program. This means that I share my living space, meals, and community with 22 coworkers at our repurposed Knights of Columbus camp in rural Hawley, Massachusetts.

Submitted by Karrie Kressler on Fri, 7/26/2013 - 15:34 / Follow me blog post

My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.

Submitted by Kalina Chung on Fri, 7/26/2013 - 13:02 / Follow me blog post

Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!

Already into the second half of my stint leading a Seattle Community Crew, and I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.

This week’s theme for educational lessons was professionalism, and on Monday, we started off with a session on budgeting.

Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!
Submitted by Apoorva Mahajan on Fri, 7/26/2013 - 11:11 / Follow me blog post

When I first got word of my summer internship in Grand Teton, I couldn’t have been more excited. But there was one nagging doubt on my mind. As an Interpretation intern, I understood that I would wear a number of hats. The one role that gave me some worry, however, was having to present programs. In front of large audiences. All by myself.

Submitted by Jon Whiting on Thu, 7/25/2013 - 14:32 / Follow me blog post

Weighing a captured bat. Thursday. Hour ‘til midnight. It’s warm. 76. Fahrenheit. Not Celsius. Probably implied though. We Americans are hipsters when it comes to our measurement of temperature. Anyways. 90% humidity.

Weighing a captured bat
Submitted by Greg Kinman on Tue, 7/23/2013 - 17:33 / Follow me blog post

Here is our boat, tied up at the launch at Eagle. The bluff towers over the tiny village.

On my second patrol, June 18th-26th, my supervisor, Josh, and I embarked on a motorboat trip up and down the section of the Yukon River that lies within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Submitted by Eliza Stokes on Fri, 7/19/2013 - 18:38 / Follow me blog post

Trail Crew is Stoked to be Netting! First of all, a lot of things went right this week.

Submitted by Jon Whiting on Fri, 7/19/2013 - 14:19 / Follow me blog post

First and foremost, I hate geese.

They are just terrible, god awful things. Last year they pooped all over my porch and attacked me during my morning jog on the regular.

But I’m not going to mention these vile creatures in this post. No sir.

I’m going to talk about their total opposites, waterfowlnesswise: Ducks. Lovely ducks.

Submitted by Kalina Chung on Thu, 7/18/2013 - 13:47 / Follow me blog post

We got our Burlap (and mulch) delivery! Here’s a picture of SCA’s Finest taking a break on the comfy burlap, soon to be used for purposes other than cushion.

After our first week at the site, SCA’s Finest crew has finally settled down into a fun and productive routine, which perfectly fits one of our frequently used mottos, “work hard, play hard”.

Submitted by Greg Kinman on Wed, 7/17/2013 - 16:26 / Follow me blog post

Our helicopter sitting at the picturesque Eagle airstrip.

Now that you all know a bit about me from my first post, I’ll give you a description of my favorite day from my first patrol. From June 6th-12th, I was stationed out of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve headquarters in Eagle, Alaska.

Submitted by Karrie Kressler on Wed, 7/17/2013 - 14:20 / Follow me blog post

I can’t tell, but I’m gonna find out.

I started seriously bicycling only recently when I moved to Pittsburgh, which is a heck of a place to start considering all of the hills here. It’s also surprising considering that while I was growing up I watched my role-model-dad bike to work every fair-weathered day.

Submitted by Emmet Pruss on Tue, 7/16/2013 - 17:32 / Follow me blog post

The tag on my hammock reads “Step 1 Relax.” There are no other steps; it’s a succinct instruction.

And a decent one to keep in mind at work—not just trail work, all work. All not work, too, in fact.

On our hitch at Mt. Greylock, John takes deep breaths between sips of this morning’s coffee. He has an interview at 5 PM.