This week is my final week interning with Lassen Volcanic. It feels like it’s gone by at lightning speed, yet, at the same time I feel like I’ve been here for a year- experiencing bits of spring, summer, fall, and now winter. I am thankful to have been placed at such a beautiful park with diverse scenery and amazing, intelligent coworkers who teach me something new and make me laugh everyday. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to do research and complete a project on something that I am passionate about, and for a supervisor who gave me the freedom to exercise my creativity throughout the process.
I hiked to Mount Harkness where the fire lookout is this past weekend. From the top of this shield volcano you can see the entire park, making it perfect for fire monitoring. I looked out into the park and was amazed at how lucky I am to be here. I reflected on all the memories I’ve made here, all the miles hiked, diameters of trees taken, amount of trail mix eaten. This has been a growing experience, illuminating me to what I want to do in the future and how to get there. So for now I’ll say goodbye to Lassen as I start the next chapter of my life, and thanks for all the memories.