I've always loved spending time in the outdoors. There's something about being able to get away from the noise, lights, people, and general clutter of the city and going out into the wilderness. My father was in the army from the time I was born until I turned 20, so I had the opportunity to get to know a few different types of wilderness. Having spent all of my teenage years in Alaska, I've had the chance to learn a lot about forests, rivers, and mountains, particularly in cold weather. Going out into the woods and enjoying the sounds and wild life was one of my favorite past times growing up. However, everything that I thought I knew and enjoyed about the outdoors was turned upside-down the first time I came to Zion.
I visited Utah for the second time just after my 19th birthday. This was the first time that I was able to see the beauty of southern Utah and I liked it so much that I chose to move down to Cedar City two years later, in the summer of 2007. It wasn't until summer of 2010 that I had my first experience in Zion, hiking Angel's Landing. Rolling into the park I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a world different from anything that I had ever known. I knew that if I had the chance to come to Zion more often, I would take it as often as I could. So when I was surfing the job listing posted at school a year later and saw a post for summer positions at ZAC, my heart skipped the next several beats and I made the promise to myself that I would do anything in my power to get hired on. From the day I walked in for my interview, I knew that this is where I wanted to be because it would be a life changing experience. Thanks to the wonderful people that I work with and the great opportunities that Zion provides, that feeling proved true. I'm super excited to call Zion my new home away from home!