I remember going out to the forest for the first time. I felt like I was in a different country. I had never hiked in my life but the trees were so spectacular; it’s a whole new world out there. The park was so close to me but I had never known about it. The corps gave me this opportunity.
For two months, we lived in the forest, working on the trails. Sometimes we were lucky enough to work with law enforcement. It made me feel so lucky and confident! I told them that I liked working out there in the park. The patrol captain wrote me a recommendation letter, and it meant the world to me that someone in that position would look at me in that way.