I have gotten close with a lot of people on this trip but there is a certain person that stands out. Her name is Jessie Caron. Jessie Caron is the driver for the Hawk van, the van in which I reside, and we share a lot of memorable moments. Jessie always has the right FISH attitude and can brighten your day up very easily. I am glad to say I am in her van.
This year, Jessie is the group leader for the photography committee. This will be her 5th year coming to Alaska and was in photography for two years. Her favorite thing about leading the photography committee is seeing the members getting excited about taking photos instead of thinking it as a job.
Jessie is a freelance photographer for the Battle Creek enquirer and has started her first year of doing this job and has been doing it for almost two years. She attended Grand Valley school communications in which she got her bachelor of Arts in photography degree after four years of attending the program. Her favorite type of pictures that she takes are fine art because she can express a creative message without any restrictions. Her great photos have reflected many of the breathtaking sights we have seen.
There were a lot of memories that Jessie has had in her five trips to Alaska. However, if she had to choose her favorite part was seeing herself grow as a person and knowing that a big portion of herself growing has come from being on this trip. “My favorite thing would be seeing the change in myself since I started traveling with AGLP 10 years ago,” she tells me. Jessie has enjoyed every memory that has happened throughout her travels.
When I asked the question about what her favorite memories have been between all of the members (Brad Heidenreich, Megan Moffat, Kimber Tarkiewicz, Anna Sitar, Jessie Caron, David Smith, and Noah Coppo) in her van. “The non-stop laughing I do over the long van rides and Noah’s rapping skills and David’s crazy voices,” is what Jessie explains to me about her favorite memories. “The day that you (Noah) said that this area was squatchy and the day that David told his story about his dog would have to be two of my favorite memories from our van,” Jessie then says about our memorable van. She also enjoyed the day our van became the Hawk-Squatches after we all realized we had a humorous love for the Sasquatch a.k.a Bigfoot.
Getting to know Jessie on this trip has been a great experience and I am thankful I got to know her on this journey. Everyone is always above excited to see all of the beautiful pictures that she has taken. Many people look up to Jessie not only for her photos but her always positive attitude. I am honored to say that I got to know Jessie on this trip.