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Kids Talk About Adventure Travel
Kasey’s Storyby Kasey Austin (2002)
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Kasey Austin at age 12
I have always been a traveler. I have lived in some awesome places--like Alaska, Hawaii, and Montana, where I am now. My first trip with an adventure travel company was in Yellowstone, when I was six years old, where I met a great friend that I still have now, Sam, who is my age, thirteen. From Yellowstone I went to places like the Tetons, Canadian Rockies, Kauai, Costa Rica, and the trip I'm going to tell about, Alaska.
Because I grew up in Alaska, I have made frequent trips back there almost every summer. Last summer’s trip was to be different, because that summer would be when I would finally be able to see my friend Sam, after seven years. Sure, my family was home a lot in the summer, but it wasn't like we spent all of our time together, so I was also looking forward to being with them, all of us together—on this trip.
My brother Andy, who is eleven years-old, has planned on being a marine biologist for quite a while. Ever since we went to Sea World, when we were young, he knew his passion was studying sea life. Going to Alaska would be a great opportunity to see whales, starfish, ocean birds, and all kinds of wildlife in the ocean, so I knew he was also thrilled about this trip. I was counting down the days when he and I would both learn about the biology of the ocean from our guides Matty K and Kristi, which brings me to who I want to grow up to be.
Matty K and Kristi are two of the best guides you'll ever meet. Seeing them, and other guides, over the past seven years has inspired me to want to become an adventure guide myself. I've been on the Alaska trip two times before last summer, but I still learned a lot, because the trip changes every time and becomes even better. I love how the guides can change a person's life, in a positive way, just in a week's worth of time. From the smiles on their faces from sun-up to sundown, to their quick snacks on the trailside (just when you need it!), to feasting by the campfire--the guides are people that you just want to be with all the time. Doesn't everyone want a job like that?
Going on these trips doesn't only exercise your body, but also your mind. Along with an action packed trip comes a ton of information that sticks with you your whole adventure and when you go home. When I was six years old, I learned that a U-shaped valley was made by a glacier and a V-shaped valley was made by a river. I still remember this, and a lot of other cool facts, from all the guides I've been places with.
Often, when I go on trips, including Alaska, the guides let me help them out with setting tables, laying out chairs, buying donuts for the guests in the morning, and many other tasks. This has influenced my life in a very positive way. It makes me want to do well in school and with other activities. The better the grades, the more trips in the summer. What a life!
Anyway, about Alaska--I made many new friends and got closer to my family. Plus, I learned a lot, got to look forward to being a guide next summer, and, I get to have all these great memories, for years to come.
Kasey Austin is now the VP of Operations and a guide for Austin Adventures. Find out more about her on her guide profile page >>