The beginning of the end

Mt. Rainier played host to a wonderful summer season of meaningful connections and vibrant beauty. The experience could not have been more perfect. The ribbon that tied this beautiful gift together was the entire staff, in particular, the team of …

All play and no work on a mountain

Established as a national park in 1899, before the National Park Service was created in 1916, Mount Rainier National Park is a prized jewel of the Pacific Northwest. 2 million people visit annually, most coming between the months of July …

Oh, the Places Rhys’ll Go

Less than a year ago, I was selecting classes for my spring 2018 semester with the intent to graduate. I was 2 courses away from graduation. Due to the unavailability of a second class in spring and summer, graduation was …

A vocabulary lesson

It’s a great hike!” About seven and a half miles round-trip, 3000 feet of elevation gain.

No problem.

You’ll only reach the saddle, but you can do a ten-minute scramble to reach the peak.

“A scramble?” I thought to myself. …

Into the Humidity

I know when you start an internship you are supposed to have an idea of what you are getting into and what your goals are to grow within the positon. I remember telling my supervisor, “anything with bats or wildlife, …

Many Props Needed

Reflecting back on my past 10 weeks, I’m asking myself, “what haven’t I done?”

One of the first things I did when I got to Lava Beds was to analyze the last two years of data from our NA Bat …

Not Hitting Rock Bottom

Prior to this internship, I had never been camping, repelling, or on long hikes. Today, I can now say I have done all three! My co-workers and I went on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park earlier this …

Where the waters run dry

It was a beautiful, clear and sunny day for a day hike. I set my sights on reaching Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground with hopes to summit Pyramid Peak. My route was the Wonderland Trail. Total distance: an estimated 7-miles one-way …

Testing…1, 2, 3.

One of my five housemates is an intern for the geology department at Mount Rainier. As part of the imminent threats team, Ian collects water samples from glaciers around the park to build comparative data for the prediction of glacial …

How to Bat Chat

Here is something to know about me: I love talking to strangers, but give me a formal presentation and I clam up real fast. I took this internship to get me to practice being able to communicate science to the …