Monthly Archives: January 2014


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Working in the Wild

Hello everybody,

I’ve been working at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for about two weeks now. It has been a wonderful experience, I wish we were here for the whole round instead of just over a month. I’ve been trying to keep up with my animal encounters on Facebook, but here’s a bit of the actual work I’ve been doing.

We started off working with the park horticulturalist for the first week. We spent time planting trees, removing plants, and adding plants to the front entrance. I truly enjoyed the work, and I have a whole new respect for anyone working with plants. Especially removing plants from a forest environment, one of the most difficult things I did was removing ferns, they are perfectly content to stay where they are. I also loved learning all about the native plants around the park. I even tried some licorice fern, which just proved that I really don’t like the taste of licorice. 

This week was spent updating the animal enclosures. I helped fill a giant whole made by caribou with rocks and replaced the soil in big cat exhibits. The past few days has been pure heavy lifting, shoveling, and wheel-barrowing. I’ve never done so much physical labor and I’ve never been so exhausted. 

In addition to all this hard work, we still complete PT three days a week. I am the PT coordinator for the team, and I have us doing various cardio and strength building exercises, as well as yoga at the end of every week. This Sunday we will hopefully be doing snowshoeing at Mt Rainier for our PT activity. 

I’m rushing to finish this post because dinner has just been served. Almost everything is done in a rush these days as we try and fit everything in to our short time here. I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the cold weather back east, as opposed to the rain and fog here (fyi, we work outside even when it’s raining.) Feel free to send me a message if your curious about anything I mention or just want to say hi. 🙂

In the Land of Fog

Today, I arrived in Eatonville, Washington to work at Northwest Trek. My impression of Washington so far is, fog, lots of it. My team and I spent the afternoon coming up with every fog based joke known to man-kind. We’ve been told this extreme fog isn’t the norm though, so hopefully tomorrow we’ll get a proper view of the land around us. 

Tomorrow, we will get a full day orientation and view of the park. Our housing is on park property, right next to the caged wolf project. When walking outside at night, you can hear them howling. We live in a wonderful house, with cable, wifi, and a beautiful kitchen. We’re being wonderfully spoiled. 

I had a wonderful time traveling with my new team. We’re still getting to know each other, so the conversation kept flowing as we traveled north. 

I can’t wait to start working and learn more about this wonderful organization. Hopefully, with this wonderful wifi, I’ll be able to update this blog more frequently. Maybe I’ll even get some animal pics on here too. 🙂