9-4-11 Stephen Rosenman
2011-09-04 17:16:41.000 – Stephen Rosenman, Summit Intern
I’ll Miss Having This as my Backyard
Well, this is the last comment for me as my internship on the summit will be coming to an end this Wednesday. Even though I was lucky enough to extend my time up here a couple extra weeks because I am going abroad this fall and my semester starts much later than the Hamilton year, it has not quite felt like the end of summer the past couple days as temperatures have hovered around 60, about 15 degrees above average for this time of year. However, as always it will not be too long after I head out until the summit is completely covered in snow and ice and it becomes a whole different world (one that I hope to get to experience sometime in the very near future now that I have a few more connections up here).
This summer has been everything I had hoped for and more when I originally applied for the internship. In terms of the experience itself, I mentioned in a previous comment (July 22nd) how when asked about the internship I find myself quickly touching on the daily tasks and delving more into how amazing it is to be a part of such an incredible organization. I will take away so much from my time up here that I do not know where to begin. I could go on forever, but for a ‘quick’ overview, some of the most important things I have gained from my time up here include a work experience that covered a very wide variety of tasks throughout the summer, a much better sense of how mountain weather works and useful tools to help in predicting what the weather will do (which I have put to use when hiking almost every off week), and a very close group of friends which includes not only those on the summit whom I have been working and living with the entire summer, but some of the staff at our valley office, hut croos from all over (especially Lakes who are our closest neighbors up here), and State Park workers who always enjoy sharing stories after a long day of work.
I owe a big thank you to everyone in the organization for this opportunity and especially Ryan, Brian, Mike, Roger, Jacki, Dave, and Becca who have not only been great to work alongside, but have been awesome roommates as well. It will definitely feel weird not driving over to the base of the Auto Road for the work week next Wednesday, but I look forward to the next time I am up hiking and stop in to catch up with everyone. There is something about the region (and this mountain as well) that gets you, and as soon as you are hooked, there is no leaving for good.
Stephen Rosenman, Summit Intern