Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.

My internship at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, AK has taught me to slow down, explore endlessly, and document the quiet moments. I never envisioned myself photographing changing tides, bears grazing or mountain landscapes but it has given me fresh eyes and even more love for photojournalism. My main assignment as the Media Intern was to hike the Chilkoot Trail, a 33-mile journey that starts in Dyea, AK and ends in Bennett, British Columbia, in Canada. The trail was historically used in the Gold Rush of 1889 when stampeders travelled up and over the trail to try their luck at striking it rich. I documented the trail over five days with the National Park's Archaeology team photographing the landscape and the artifacts left behind. Additional projects during my time in Skagway have been, creating a video that promotes and highlights how tourists can “FindYourPark,” seen here. As I wrote in the trail log, “You think you know your strengths and weaknesses, and then you climb a mountain.” I can’t wait to continue finding my mountains and documenting our beautiful and diverse world. See more at www.nps.gov

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