Wild Life

When I think about Alaska, usually two things come to mind; the last frontier or The Proposal… I had no clue what I was getting myself into.

After traveling 3,680 miles, I found myself in the quaint city of Juneau working for the forest service.
Insane, right? I don’t think I have fully processed the fact that I traveled across the country to do the
thing I love most, archeology. Not only that, but I have found a family through the Forest Service that I
was not expecting. Working in the Regional Office I have been met with open arms by some of the
kindest people I have ever encountered and found myself seeing a life here. The work itself has also
reassured me that I am a part of something bigger than I anticipated. Now, I am currently working on
archiving heritage records for the regional office as well as aiding in the record management at the
district. This may sound trivial, but it is something that plagues the minds of all forest service employees
with a big deadline around the corner. Being able to be a part of this and easing the minds of my
supervisors has fulfilled me in ways I did not expect. I was also not expecting the countless possibilities
for field work, training, and education. It’s been a wild ride, but I do not want to let go!

After hours of thinking about how I should best describe my three weeks in Juneau, I figured I would tell
you some things that I learned:
● Xtratuffs save lives,
● Alaskans are the kindest people you will meet,
● The buses are rarely reliable,
● The forest service is a family,
● Cubicles aren’t that bad,
● Trivia is harder than I remembered (I need to study),
● Good luck getting delivery,
● Amazon prime means nothing,
● And sometimes the best things in life, are the things that scare you.

I never knew that in 6 months, my whole life would turn upside down into what I am living today. I can’t
wait to see what is still in store and share it with you 😊

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