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Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire lPenned in this excellent book especially nudists vs ranger suare off on a non nudist National seashore check sub standard park staff accomodations complete with wildlife roommates aka scorpions check fun withoggerhead sea turtle babies check idiotic uestions from park visitors double checkGood tales well told some funny some poignant some hair raising all entertainingStill miss those baby oggerhead turtles the scorpions not so much As a former NPS seasonal ranger I was interested in reading this book What she illustrates is a true picture of working in our busy parks though by the end of the book I was tired of her whining Yes housing can be awful yes visitors can be rude and stupid and yes by the end of the season you
will probably be burned out and ready to eave But you don t probably be burned out and ready to Presunta colpevole leave But you don t hard to get a job with the Park Service because you want to be rich famous and sit at a desk all day Overall the book started with promise but isn t all that well written My daughter gave this book to me because I have jokingly maintained that being a park ranger would be my second career one day Well reading this book has permanently dissuaded me from that albeit farfetched notion The book is written by aong time National Park Service ranger a woman who began at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and wound up out west in places ike Yosemite
And The Grand Canyon the Grand Canyon are a few passages that met my expectation of conveying the sublime experiences of working in some of the world s most beautiful and spectacular places including the tale of the author s own epiphany moment that ed her into permanent employment with the Park Service it involved helping a baby sea turtle get to the water at Cape Hatteras But be forewarned the bulk of the book is about the horror stories that fill a huge chunk of the time of the park rangers As the author relates her own stories as well as those of a few of her close friends author relates her own stories as well as those of a few of her close friends colleague we get to read about the underside of the park ranger job dealing with criminals vandals and bullies dodging scorpions and bears rescuing stranded climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite counseling people out of suicide attempts and recovering the bodies of people who have died in accidents Rangers are given special training in rope recuses and as coroners and despite the wonders of the places in which they work it appears that few stay in the service for their entire career it s just too mentally and physically taxing Yet despite the fact that the book did not exactly meet my expectations it did Safe Words leave me with a newevel of respect for these overworked and underpaid civil servants whose efforts allow all of us to enjoy the greatest gift our nation has ever provided for its people our National Park syste. Ile holding that thin green His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, line between protecting the park from the people the people from the park and the people from each other Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels Yosemite Grand Canyon Yellowstone Great Smokies Denali In these iconicandscapes where nature and humanity constantly collide scenery can be as cruel as it is redempti. ,
Oth park ranger stories and random personal stories and The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, loveife stories of these This is all told in no apparent order but ends with the personal story endings of the author and the included friends as if it was a collected memoir Not well organized but an interesting read A fascinating fascinating book As most of us probably do I always took park rangers for granted When I would visit a park they were just kind of there I had a vague notion that
they took care of the park and helped people in trouble buttook care of the park and helped people in trouble but never fortunately got into enough trouble to experience this firsthand Of course there was the ranger from The Bear Cartoons And Yogi Bear and chubby one from the Disney cartoons but neither is a strictly accurate portrayal It turns out that there s a Pursuit of Justice lot of work involved in the job and not aot of pay either It s one of those jobs that one does for the Dangerous to Touch love of the work than anything else The scenic beauty on a daily basis sounds nice but the thought of the many ways nature can and does kill people necessitating a ranger cleanup is a sobering one Don t get the idea that this book is oneong bummer though There are Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude laughter and tears triumph and tragedyove and Rodeo Daughter loss all in eual measure Lankford gives us an insider s perspective on the job neither wallowing in sordid detail norifting rangers up onto a perfect pedestal Her tales of the ranger My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze life ultimately show us what it sike to be human This is a warm wonderful book that will make you Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses laugh cry and gasp in amazement Highly recommended I m going to be aot nicer to park rangers when I see them These stories illustrate how hard frustrating and dangerous it can be to work in national parks The stories are fascinating a mixture of the author s experiences and those of fellow rangers One thing that could make this book better would be photos and maps particularly Grand Canyon mapsSome take away points I gleaned from this book1 Stay on the marked paths Always2 Don t ask stupid uestions because the rangers have already heard them a million times3 Don t approach any wildlife and don t put your children on them4 Don t walk or climb on safety A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, ledges5 Follow the guidelines for protecting your food andife from bears6 Criminals My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, like to hang out in national parks just as much as you do7 The ranger in the fee booth feelsike heshe s in prison be extra nice8 Most rangers don t get paid well few get benefits and they have to pay money back to the NPS to Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, live in crappy housing Be nice9 Get a permit to camp or hike or pay the fine10 STAY ON THE MARKED PATHS ALWAYS Soooo having been a seasonal National Park ranger in my idealistic youthong The Baby Album long ago in galaxy far far away I could appreciate and relate to many of the stories former NPS ranger Lankford. Ents with bears She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes Hell yeah it was the best job in the world Fortunately Andrea survived it In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death disillusionment and theoss of a comrade killed wh.
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Over the Edge Death in Grand Canyon Morbidly fascinating and this is too Because Lankfordthe Edge Death in Grand Canyon Morbidly fascinating and this is too Because Lankford a fair chunk of her career as a ranger in Grand Canyon National Park there s a fair bit of overlap It can be a ittle strange to read some of these incidents again with much detail It can be a ittle strange to read some of these incidents again with much detail insight into the mindset of the rangers on scene I even remembered some of the names from Over the Edge While every bit as interesting as the previous book I d say that this one was engagingly written There s still the same Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., lessons though read the signsisten to the rangers stay on the paths don t engage the wildlife A good entry in the small wow people do strange things in national parks sub sub genre of nonfiction I m strangely into This is a very entertaining and totally honest portrayal of the National Park System from some brave and underpaid nature Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, loving park rangers at Grand Canyon Yosemite and Denali Exciting and sometimes cringe worthy Andrea s accounts of her own and her coworkers experiences in the national parks had me riveted My favorite moments were those when Andy and Mary showed the male rangers just how much a female ranger could kick ass I d recommend this to anyone whooves the outdoors and especially those who Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, love our national parks Youl never Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) look at a park ranger the same way again OMG even being a Nat Park Ranger is a crummy job In the United States a park ranger is Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, likely to be assaulted in theine of duty than is any other federal office including those who work for the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms the Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement AdministrationI Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, loved this As previously stated the other books I ve read on this subject have been focused on tourists and visitors to parks the dangerous and freuently stupid situations they put themselves in etc This was very much about being a ranger Yes there are the stories about rescues and stupid park visitors and whatnot but it is much focused on the rangers experience and ways of dealing with such things A wide range of topics get touched on being a woman in a male dominated field poor pay andiving conditions visitors perceptions of the job vs the reality Gilligan Unbound love and relationships It is all told in a casual conversational way The whole book in fact felt to meike sitting around a campfire Gone for Soldiers listening to rangers talking shop Recommended I purchased and read this book after visiting a few national parks this summer The tales are honest and draw the reader in but the book does not have a beginning middle and an end It is neither a memoir of the author herself nor a collection of park ranger adventures it is instead a hodge podge of tales involving herself her friends and none of the above including The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks For twelve years Andrea Lankfordived in the biggest most impressive national parks in the world working a job she oved She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon She won argum. ,