Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3
Jess hails from just outside of Asheville, NC, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At Emory & Henry College, she worked for the outdoor program as a student leader for every activity from day hikes to sea kayaking expeditions. She loves whitewater kayaking and backpacking and is joining Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.
- Education: Emory & Henry College; bachelor’s degree in sociology and mass communications
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- What excites you about working for AT this summer? I’m looking forward to exploring beautiful places and making a bunch of new friends who are as excited as I am about playing outside.
- What do you do when you are not working for AT? I love paddling on rivers and playing on trails and reading lots and lots of books.
- Favorite outdoor memory? Loading up sea kayaks before dawn in the Ten Thousand Islands of Florida and finding both mild anxiety and incredible stillness in not being able to pinpoint the line between sky and water. At night, it was like floating in a snow globe of stars, and everyone was totally silent until the sun started to rise—and we saw dolphins!
- Favorite quote: “There’s so much humanity in a love of trees, so much nostalgia for our first sense of wonder, so much power in just feeling our own insignificance when we are surrounded by nature… yes, that’s it: just thinking about trees and their indifferent majesty and our love for them teaches us how ridiculous we are—vile parasites squirming on the surface of the earth—and at the same time how deserving of life we can be, when we can honor this beauty that owes us nothing.” ― The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery