Camping FUN!!

So this weekend, we went camping to the north of Kernville in Sequoia. It was a great time! We went hiking around 2,000 year old sequoias…hugged some trees…cooked some chili and fajitas…made some s’mores… got some bug bites…and generally had a great time! It was my best friend’s birthday today so it was a trip for her. We have known each other since 7th grade (I think it has been 20 years now…don’t add up the years, it is just depressing) so I know pretty much everything about her. She is one of the awesome-est chicks I know. She was the one person I was always competing with in high school and she even inspired me to become a geologist!

I was majoring in Anthropology at the time and I was having a good time. In high school, we both belonged to a class called the Natural Environmental of Southern California (NESC). It combined biology and geology into a class that taught us everything about our wonderful, diverse state. So when we started college, she went into Geology at UC Riverside and I went into Anthropology at Cal State San Bernardino wanting to become a forensic anthropologist (this was pre-CSI, by the way). So I took all the anthro classes I was supposed to take and then reallized that with a Bachelor’s degree, I really couldn’t get a job doing what I wanted to do unless I kept going and got my PhD. By that time, I was hearing all of these great stories about these awesome geology camping trips from my BFF and I was getting super jealous. Then, I realized that what I really wanted to do was be active, be outside, and have a great time doing something that I love. Since I only had one class left for my BA in anthro, I decided to finish the degree and start on a second one…in Geology. It was the best decision I ever made. I ended up studying mines in Tasmania (Australia) for three weeks AND I spent 10 days in the Caribbean in Dominica drawing maps of the geology (before they filmed the Pirates of the Caribbean there).

All in all, I have her to thank for my experiences and for my awesome job.

Happy Birthday chica, I love you! You inspire me!! And, as always….YOU ROCK!!