My name is Charlie B. Scirbona, I am 25 soon to be 26 and I’m originally from Cornwall-on-Hudson New York. I was a journalist for a year and a half before I decided I wanted to go back to working outside. I stared looking for SCA positions this past spring and eventually I was landed with the Nevada Resource Stewardship Corps. I flew out June 2nd and have been in the desert ever since. I‘ve loved almost every minute of it. The desert is like no place I have ever been, and I’m doing my best to stay out here as long as possible.
I know the Mojave will be a lot different from the Great Basin of Nevada, but that makes me even more excited to get out there. Likewise I’ve found a certain kind of Zen that comes with restoration work, as I’ve already got a taste of the work during one of my NV- RES crew’s most recent hitches.
I’ve found life in the desert a constant adventure, which means there are plenty of times where it’s beyond difficult. The desert gets desperately hot during the day and sometimes miserably cold at night. The wind never really stops and I think by this point I’ve forgotten what rain sounds like. However, it makes those moments where I see a beautiful sunset or sit back and watch satellites go by on a clear night even more worth it. If you asked me a year ago if I wanted to go live in the desert I think I may have laughed at the very possibility of it, now I think I’d laugh about wanting to live anywhere else.