My name is Andres and I live in Tampa, Florida.  I have recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Biology. I have lived in Florida my entire life and I love being outdoors. One of my favorite things is being out in a kayak at dawn watching the first rays of sunlight hit the water. Having lived in Florida all my life I am familiar with the different environments in the sunshine state but I have never been to the west coast and have always wanted to experience the different environments, especially the northern regions.

This summer I will be working at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.  Getting to Skagway, Alaska from Tampa, Florida was no easy task but it was well worth the trip. In order to reach Skagway I rode in four passenger seaplane across the Lynn canal. Looking out the window of the seaplane, down at the Alaskan terrain, the view could only be described as magical. The plane was flying at approximately 2,000 ft just under the clouds and the drastic change in terrain from mudflats, to boreal forest, sub-alpine forests with snow topped peaks is something that can only be seen from that perspective.

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