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POSTED: July 3, 2013 1:17 p.m.
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Trevor Johnston says his job of working outdoors at a state park has fulfilled lifelong dreams.

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Trevor Johnson, a naturalist at Fort McAllister Historic Park, faces the questions  this week:

1. What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
Getting the job I’ve always wanted so early on in life. Thanks to my new friends at For McAllister State Park, I’ve now achieved that goal.

2. What, to you, is perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness comes from being outdoors as much as possible. I love to spend time hiking, biking and swimming. I think that an active and healthy lifestyle outdoors can lead to perfect happiness.

3. What one material possession would you save in the event of a fire (assuming your family was safe)?
If I had to save one material item, it would be my grandfather’s dogtags that he wore during his service in World War II. He passed away recently and they would be something I could remember him by.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Sometimes I feel like I talk too much around my friends. Lately, I have been trying to let me friends speak more about what is on their mind and I feel like I can become a good listener through practice.

6. What is your greatest fear?
I have a fear of heights. I try to vacation in the Appalachians when I can and I spend my time hiking up mountains. It’s often a personal struggle to reach the top of a mountain, but slowly I am conquering that fear by matching it with my love of hiking.

7. What real or fictional person do you most identify with?
I most identify with Walt Whitman. He helped soldiers in hospitals as they recovered from their injuries during the Civil War. After the war, he became a great advocate for the outdoors and spent the rest of his life educating and entertaining those who shared his passion.

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
My greatest extravagance is on vinyl records. I bought a record player some time ago and have been building a good-sized collection ever since.

9. If money weren’t an object, how would you spend your time?
I would realize my dream of walking across the U.S. I’ve wanted to do it ever since I was young and plan to realize that dream as soon as I possibly can.

10.  What is your favorite thing about yourself?
My ability to to easily understand and befriend people of different cultures, origins and religions.

11. What trait do you most admire in another person?
I most admire the ability in other people to smile in the face of hardship.

12. What trait do you most deplore in another person?
The trait I most deplore is stubbornness. The ability to plan for change is a great asset that I think not many people have.

13. Who are your favorite musicians?
Gordon Lightfoot and Johnny Cash. I also listened to a lot of rock when I was younger and still listen to a lot of great bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Allman Brothers.

14.  What are your favorite books?
My favorite books are ones written by travel writers. Books by Peter Jenkins and Bill Bryson are my absolute favorites.    

15. What talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be able to whistle.

 

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