Tessa was raised on sweet tea, disco music, and all the trappings of city life. She went out West for the first time last summer, on a college geology field trip. Edward Abbey wrote “There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” After spending her first night in California, she understood this quote. As she saw the sun set while wading in the waters of Lake Isabella, she knew where she wanted to be.
She eventually wants to be a high school social studies teacher, but she wants to explore more of the world first. Camping in all 50 states is on her bucket list, and she jumped at the opportunity to cross Washington and Oregon off her list. Listening to bands from the Pacific Northwest while in high school made her yearn to get out of Texas and experience for herself what these artists were singing about. In short, being a trail maintainer on the Pacific Crest Trail was something she simply could not pass up. She is a lover of stationary, had written letters, skylines, pine trees, acrylic paint, HBO television shows, nail polish, Japanese culture, trashy gossip magazines, economic and science news, indoor soccer, Vietnamese food, live music and riding her mountain bike around her college campus.
She is looking forward to living and working in backcountry settings. She is excited about seeing parts of the country she has dreamed about going to. She is excited about going months without watching her Bravo Television. She is excited about working with only her hands and simple tools. She is excited about working outside all day long. She is excited about going to a new town every few days. She is excited about getting to know her crewmates who hail from all over the country. Most of all, she is excited to be working nowhere near Excel spreadsheets and fax machines.