A Skippy Update

Skippy is currently on a back country patrol until Wednesday. Since she’s not around to say no, I’m going to post a little update on what she’s been up to. :-)

First of all, she’s doing her internship in Denali National Park, way up in Alaska. Her internship is through The Student Conservation Association.

The Place

Her main job is working at the sled dog kennel, taking care of the 30 sled dogs and sled puppies that reside there. She is also responsible for running some of the demonstrations that educate park visitors about the history and importance of mushing.

I love a woman in uniform…this woman in particular, anyway

Being in Denali provides for some spectacular surroundings. Here’s the view from her home camp.

Not so bad!

Of course, I can’t forget about the dogs. There are 30 in the kennel, and while she’s sent me pictures of all of them, I’ll only share a couple with you. If you want to read more about each dog, the park hosts dog bio pages on the website.



During her first week there, she was given the opportunity to travel to Wonder Lake, near Mt. McKinley, to retrieve winter stores and help prep the ranger cabin for occupancy.


Back at camp, she bikes around to views like this.

That’s definitely not Indiana

During the summer, Alaskans are treated to near continuous sunlight (balanced out by near continuous darkness during the winter, of course). Right now, the sun sets around 12:20am, and rises around 3:45am.

It’s past midnight

As part of her demonstrations, she gets to ride the sled, which has been adapted for use in gravel.

Looks of determination on every face

The park is rife with trails, which provide excellent scenery for Skippy to take pictures of herself for me. I like that. :-)

I like this picture a lot

Being in the park gives her opportunities to do things other than specifically kennel work. Recently, she attended a helicopter safety class, and then was able attend a more advanced class on helicopter search and rescue.

Same woman, another uniform. HOT!

As I mentioned before, she’s currently on a back country patrol with another ranger. Yet another opportunity she’s taking advantage of. What more can you ask for? The only bad part is being 3700 miles away!

18 days, 3 hours, and 45 minutes to go!

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