McNaughton: See you later, Park City
I moved to Park City after accepting the county reporter position at The Park Record newspaper in 2014, sight unseen.
It was definitely a change of scenery for this cub reporter who had spent her whole life in Kansas. I mean, mountains? What are those? Even now, nearly five years later, I still find myself in awe of my surroundings.
I’ve spent my time in Park City writing, hiking, snowboarding, making friends and learning more about myself than I ever thought possible.
While in Park City I’ve had to endure some major losses- my beloved grandma, Rose, and my best furry friend, Mia. I’ve missed out on some major milestones back home, including watching my nieces and nephews grow up. But, what helped me get through it all was being surrounded by my new tribe.
I even met the love of my life, Adam, here so thank you for that Park City. It was the best move I could have ever made, especially professionally. I loved my job and what I’ve been fortunate enough to experience because of it. I’ve spent a day as a firefighter. I’ve chased bears and moose. I’ve been able to write about the area’s chance of hosting another Winter Olympics. I’ve spoken with award-winning directors for the Sundance Film Festival.
More importantly, though, I’ve been able to write about issues that have greatly impacted the community, such as mental health and substance abuse. Those meant the most to me.
I went from an unfamiliar byline to, hopefully, a respected member of the newspaper, dedicated to keeping this community informed. I know not everyone liked my writing, my style or my interpretation of things. And that’s fine.
Andy Bernhard, the publisher of The Park Record, said not enough people complained about me. Sorry Andy! I tried to ruffle some feathers.
But, my time here has come to an end. It’s time for me to move on and take the leap again into something unfamiliar. I’ve been really upset about leaving and I think that’s because Park City has meant so much to me. This job was my life for nearly five years and it has been my pleasure working with everyone I have encountered and worked with.
Thank you, Park Record staff, for becoming my family. I learned so much sitting between Scott Iwasaki and Jay Hamburger. You both will forever have my respect, adoration and love. To my editor, Bubba Brown, and publisher, Andy Bernhard, thank you for having confidence in me as a writer. To the rest of the staff, you all are the best. I’ll miss our daily conversations and office jokes.
Adam and I decided to buy a camper trailer and enjoy our early 30s for a bit, traveling and seeing new places. We just see it as a continuation of the life that Park City taught us. Feel free to follow our adventures at Ambleon-atravelingtrio.com.
Thank you, Park City. I’ll see you later.
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I must admit that, although I have felt much love wherever I hung my hat during this life, I never felt more at home in a new cultural environment than on my first trip down that coastline.