Well worth a 3,000-mile trip!

Aloha everyone, it’s Samantha Garcia, back with another blog! Last week, I traveled from Hawai‘i to Washington to meet my internship cohort in person for the first time! I am the only intern in my cohort that is not based in Washington or Oregon, so it was truly a blessing to travel across the Pacific Ocean so that we could all be together. During our short trip, we went bird watching, toured a fish hatchery, learned the basics of fly fishing, and visited a Christmas town. Scroll down to see more about this trip!

Our first day started off bright and early with bird watching. We saw birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and violet-green swallows, We also learned some tips and tricks to using binoculars and bird field guide books!

We did a Native Wildflower and Plant Identification Hike up in the mountains!
Take a peek inside the telescope to see a Violet-Green Swallow. We saw many of these throughout our resort!

We learned the basics of fly fishing at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery! We got to test our knowledge out in the cold river.

We also visited the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Over 1.2 million Chinook Salmon are raised here each year. The hatchery was built in 1940, which made it the largest fish hatchery in the world at that time. 

We also saw some blackberry and raspberry plants, and more of Washington’s stunning glacier rivers!

Meet my internship cohort! It was such a pleasure to spend time with them in the beautiful town of Leavenworth. It was definitely worth traveling nearly 3,000 miles to meet everyone. We all had an amazing time learning together and having fun!

Our resort was near a Bavarian-themed village, known as a Christmas Town! When it snows here in the winter, this town looks just like a scene from a Christmas movie!

We made sure to stop at Whistlepunk Ice Cream while in town. Some of the flavors include Lemon Bar, Blackberry Fool, Alpine Licorice, and Backyard Blueberry!

This is what the Christmas Town would have looked like if it wasn't summertime.

After a fun week in Washington, it’s now time to head back to the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex to finish up my last few weeks of the internship! 



1 Comment
  • Stephanie Martinez
    Posted at 14:19h, 11 July

    Great job Sam. What an experience!