Last Saturday Lewis and Clark hosted its annual July Trail Run which consisted of a 6K and a half marathon. Forty seven runners registered that morning and ran through the beautiful park to get the best time, enjoy their favorite trails, and get active. I helped out with the event by guiding runners at the turn around point for the half marathon. The half way point just so happened to be at Sunset Beach, therefore, I volunteered to dress as Sammy the Salmon jumping out of the ocean to cheer on the runners. Not only did I enjoy the excitement of working on the beach for the day but the runners appreciated my enthusiasm and enjoyed the funny sight of a dancing salmon. Some runners stopped to take pictures with me; others “gave me some fin” as they ran past. Park employees and volunteers gathered around at the finish line after their duties to cheer on the accomplished runners. The event was successful because of the teamwork among the various divisions that worked together seamlessly. I enjoy working at this park because of the people who work here. Everyone is friendly, helpful and the divisions work together to serve the visitors and care for the park lands. I have made great friendships with the people that I work with and joined them on adventures.
As a team bonding experience, two SCA interns, Hannah and Claire, and I went backpacking in the Mount Hood Wilderness. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life. The 10 mile hike on the Pacific Coast Trail with 80lb packs on our backs through blowdown, glacial
rivers, and switchbacks was exhausting yet so rewarding. I learned a lot about myself and my ability to adapt to my surroundings from this trip. Needless to say, I love it here and the summer is going by too fast!