By Ana Pridgen
I’ve always been a huge fan of photography. Every since I played with my mom’s ginormous 90’s camera as a child, to the time I decided to change my major completely to photojournalism, photography has always led me to new things. I never knew what amazing things, though.
I applied for this internship in awe of what it was, not expecting to even get an email back for an interview. During the said interview, my cat kept biting my feet, so I never expected it to go further. However, here I am, making a blog post in Rancho Cordova, California, after traveling down the coast of Oregon and California (two places I have never been to before). I got to climb a fallen Redwood! It was great.
While sitting in that classroom holding my first professional camera, or sitting under that Christmas tree holding my first small handheld Kodak, I never pictured (haha) photography taking me to these amazing places. The amount of scenery and actions are breathtaking, sometimes to the point where I forget to take a photo at first because I’m overwhelmed by the beauty. I never knew the world was this photogenic!
It’s only week two, but I’ve loved every second of this. The cyclists are great, the rest of the support team is amazing, and the people I’ve met along the way are lovely. I’m seeing a part of the United States I never thought I’d see before while doing something I love. I can’t wait to see what the other 9 weeks have to offer!