First off I would like to start by saying let's goooo! I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to immerse myself in a part of the history of California. Let us dive into a small crash course on the history of the Juan Bautista De...

My time at the Juan Bautista de Anza trail is wrapping up! As I reflect on this penultimate blog, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have partaken in a trail planning context and environment that has pushed me, challenged me, and allowed me...

Over the past few weeks, I have been continuing my work on two of my mapping projects for my internship. The first, which I’ve written about in previous blogs, has been my cartographical work in the San Gabriel Valley.  Centered around Campsite 61, doing this research...

My task over the past few weeks working on the Anza trail? Making movement meaningful. That’s the big picture view of trail work—working to build, plan, and design through trailwork means thinking about what traversing different built and imagined pathways can do. Whether that looks...

As I previously have written about on this blog, community partnerships at a national trail–especially the Anza trail–look different from the typical model of “outreach” at many NPS sites. For, rather than bringing something–managed, protected, and interpreted by us–to different communities, building trails inherently requires...

Cars were speeding beyond us. The sounds were indistinguishable, smooth, and fast. It was hot—though not like we were in the desert, it wasn’t bucolic or extreme or particularly noteworthy—and it smelled like gas. On one side of my supervisor and me was Zoo Drive,...

With the beginning weeks of the internship behind me, I have learned a lot & I am grateful to be here. I enjoy meeting with my team for our check-ins on zoom and in-person for hiking meetings, which we are hoping to continue weekly. I...

The piece of land that I was assigned to work with for this unique internship opportunity is a winding stretch of land (approx. 1,950 km) that crosses various geographies, land/weather conditions, state and country borders, the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail. Intercepting along...

Hello everyone, I am Chris Para Mccomas, a senior at UC Berkeley and my major is American Studies with an Emphasis in Urban Community structures, population, and influence, with a minor in Journalism. I am the public history and interpretation intern for the Juan Bautista...