Going back to the same forest made me realize, yeah, these are my woods. I showed the young adults how to pack their bags, how to build a fire, dig a toilet, use water filters, work on trails. I was stronger too. By the end of the summer, after lots of hard work together, looking at the stars at night, these friends had become family members. I am still friends with many of them. Some of them are in college now – I know how it feels to go through the hard times and it’s so good to see them succeed!
After that summer, I knew I wanted a full time job helping others, helping our forests and our country.