Hello, my name is Rhys Joaquin. I am from a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida called Orange Park. I am a senior studying for my B.A. in geology at the University of Florida with a minor in soil and water science. I have made a long journey, driving 3000 miles across the country to work as an interpretive intern at Mount Rainier National Park.

This will be a unique experience because geological features found in Washington state are much different from those found in Florida. The internship overall has me full of excitement that my head may blow before the summer’s end! The mountains and volcanoes in the northwest are a steep contrast from Florida’s sinkholes and beaches. I am looking forward to learning more about, and seeing first-hand, the beauty of the environment foreign to me in this part of the Cascades Range.