ANNE

Denali stole my heart: wide open vistas, alpine tundra slopes, Dall Sheep grazing on rugged mountain peaks.  Wilderness.  Wolves.  Grizzly bears.  The challenge of it all.  The freedom.  The evolution of the short summer season, from an eager and intense spring to the snowflakes and stillness of fall.  The hard work & the camaraderie.  One…

AMY

With just two simple letters, “o” and “k”, my life would be forever changed. I can still remember the gentle, unrelenting nudge of my dear friend telling me I would be living in a national park with her that summer. I had never really ventured out of my sheltered existence so I cautiously, yet excitedly, agreed. That summer,…

BROOKE

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….

WILLIE

The Universe: it’s a funny place. It throws you some curve balls, it can make you see double, makes you wish you had never been born some days. But with all that ebb there must be flow. The Universe and I have been going round and round for quite some time now; you could say we’re familiar dance partners. She’s taken me to…

JULIETTE

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…

SUSAN

Looking back, I never thought seasonal jobs would play such a huge role in my life. When I set off for Colorado after college graduation, I imagined I would spend a year working as a ski bum before returning to the “real world.” What happened couldn’t be more different. One season quickly turned into three,…