Rob DeBruyn and I have finally completed our month-long tour of the Colorado Rockies. We pitted ourselves against some of the finest rock routes on the Continental Divide and have experienced the camaraderie of wild cyclists and climbers (of which we are both). We spent every sunset, dark night, and sunrise in beautiful and vivid landscapes and spent our days under the hot sun and took refuge under the shade of pinyon pines. Our touring bikes were heavier than ever; our bags were filled taught with metal bits and nylon rope. In my handlebar bag, home to my most needed possessions, were my camera, glacier glasses, compass, and waterproof journal - for thoughts and to record ecological data for ASC.
Through ASC, we participated in four projects during our trip. Our mission was to start observing wildlife, tracks, roadkill, and American Pika. This was our first time practicing "citizen science" and it was fulfilling! As an undergraduate studying biology & environmental science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, I participated in a geologic field study in Iceland. Ever since, I have been eager to return to the field for data collection. What inspires me as an adventurer and scientist is the same – a fervor and curiosity for embedding myself within nature.
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