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.)
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.)
- Amphitheatre in Bryce Canyon
- A tree growing inside of a tree (pictured)
Stats for Day 16
Total mileage: 972.70
Total interviews: 30
Road kill count: 100
Destination for Day 17: Escalante, UT