from 2011-12, i spent a year in oakhurst, a gateway community to yosemite national park, and actually lived 14 miles from the park entrance. the background here is.. i made the supremely reckless (read: daring, adventurous, fulfilling!) decision to pick up my comfortable life in orlando and make the nearly 3000-mile trek to california to serve for a year in the national community service program, americorps. in january 2012 i ended my term serving with a conservation nonprofit, administering a $20K grant in an area i never studied, but was riveted by, every day.
im the most seasoned traveler my family and friends have ever met, though so many people i meet always seem to put me to shame. last winter i drove home for the holidays, ca to fl, 6000 miles traveling solo across country in less than a month: 11 states, 5 national parks, and a ton of snow and trail mix. there is nothing more thrilling or rejuvenating to me than setting out on the open road. people often tell me im brave to go it alone. i think id be a fool to sacrifice that moment just because i dont have a partner.
at present, i just completed a masters program in public administration & public policy at cal state long beach, and im six months info a full time position in student affairs at ucla. ive discovered a passion working in higher ed, developing students, and i hope to make it my lifes work.
im an academic junkie, so im already thinking about a phd...someday.
i realized just yesterday that i had the great fortune of visiting 5 national parks in 2013: arches, zion, hawaii volcanoes, petrified forest and hot springs. in 2014, i made it to saguaro, carlsbad caverns, redwoods, crater lake, death valley, yellowstone and grand teton. isnt that just decadent? but really, i should have forked over the $80 for the annual pass, huh? in 2015, i have my sights set on denali, olympic, channel islands, lassen and badlands. a boy can dream?