Valdez, Alaska is a place I never could have dreamed of. People spend thousands on vacations to visit this place and I am fortunate enough to have a job paying me to be here. After college I lived and worked in California for about 3 years. I wanted to travel, but I didn’t know how…


When strangers ask me how I came to work in Death Valley, I lie. I’m not ashamed of the truth; I just know that it’s not what a family of bright-eyed tourists wants to hear over breakfast. Like a lot of parkies, my pilgrimage to the middle of nowhere wasn’t inspired by memories of a particularly pleasant…


I’ve been sick with it for as long as I can remember. I was stricken with the fever as a tiny child and have been plagued by its symptoms ever since, which range from the mild and manageable to the cruel and unusual: I can name every single flavor of tree shaped car air fresheners….


Anyone who’s lived through a Michigan winter knows that the brutal temperatures, ice storms, lack of Vitamin D, and hermitting attitudes of the mitten’s population can take a toll on one’s motivation and zest for life. At nineteen, I had stuck around my home town for too long after high school and found myself slipping…


I was 20 yrs old and hittin’ the road. Excited would be an understatement, though I won’t discount the nerves. The American journeyman, adventurer, and wanderer has usually followed some kind of internal compass which more often than not has pointed west. Growing up in Western Oregon, I had little option but to head east….