Day 16: A Day Off in Bryce Canyon Interviewing Millennials

Today was my first day off after 15 days of riding. What a perfect place to take a day off – in Bryce Canyon National Park with Rob!

 

Bryce Canyon

The pictures do not do it justice. It was overwhelmingly breathtaking! (Geological Note: Despite its name, Bryce is not a canyon at all, but a natural amphitheater lined with geological structures called “hoodoos” which are formed by wind, water, and ice erosion.)

Interviewing Millennials

We interviewed Emily, Tony, and Matt – the 3 kids riding to DC– before they left us this afternoon. I wanted to get the perspective of young people about what they love (or don’t) about their current jobs and what they’re looking forward to in their future jobs.

Emily: Emily is 23 and just left a job as a research and copy editor at a Think Tank in DC. At first she was excited about the job because she thought she could make a difference with her work. But she was quickly disenchanted when she realized that the ground-breaking reports she worked on were not getting read and therefore were not influencing any policy change. She is looking forward to her new job at a solar panel company because she will have an impact on the growing company’s success as well an impact on how the community uses solar power.

Tony: Tony is 26 and has been a private investigator for a criminal defense attorney in DC for 3 years. What he loves about his job is gathering evidence that helps to defend people. He sees the difference he makes with his work. He also loves that he is part of a team that strategizes about the evidence needed to win the case. His previous employer never included Tony in the strategy, just instructed him on what evidence to go and collect. (Here is a picture of Tony investigating the tree to determine what type it is.)

Matt: Matt is 22 and just graduated from college. He will be starting with an IT consulting firm in DC in July. He chose a smaller company because he did not want to get lost. Matt is also excited because his future boss has communicated that he and Matt will see where Matt fits best after Matt starts working on various projects. Matt is already feeling like his boss wants to invest in his success. (Here’s a picture of Matt ready to take on the world.)

Interesting Sights:

  • Amphitheatre in Bryce Canyon
  • A tree growing inside of a tree (pictured)

Stats for Day 16

Miles: 0

Total mileage: 972.70

Total interviews: 30

Road kill count: 100

Destination for Day 17: Escalante, UT

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About moxieride

I'm the Founder of LifeMoxie and I'm riding my bicycle across the country this summer to celebrate people who love their jobs and to celebrate the moxie managers who help us make work matter.
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3 Responses to Day 16: A Day Off in Bryce Canyon Interviewing Millennials

  1. louise says:

    Wow Ann! What an incredible adventure you are on! Thanks for sharing your news. Good luck with the ride and have an incredible time interviewing amazing people. I am sure you will be inspired! Way to go! Louise xoxoxo

  2. Denise Runde says:

    ANN!!! I am so proud of you… and jealous. If you do this again I want six months warning and I will be there with you. You are as always FANTASTIC.

    Enjoy your time with Rob.
    Love you and watch for ‘car up”

    Denise

  3. Debbie Rosenfelt says:

    Derest Ann . . I am SOOOOOO excited for you and your crew’s journey. Great question to be asking . . I hear a common theme. Giving back and making a difference conciously. I will follow you and the blog for the rest of the ride.
    How MOXIE of you to take on such a trek.
    I love you and miss you. Hope to connect soon.
    Debbie from Edmonds, WA (a ferry boat ride across to Kingston where we had lunch)

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