Long before I thought about being a Park Ranger I worked as a volunteer animal keeper at the California Living Museum in Bakersfield.
While in college as an adult student I fulfilled my internship and started my Rangering career with the Forest Service at Mount Saint Helens National Monument. Worked five summer seasons and volunteered two winters.
Next the US Fish and Wildlife Service hired me to research and write the history of fish hatcheries on the Columbia River.
After several years of living on the road and selling at flea markets I returned to work as a summer seasonal Park Guide at Oregon Caves National Monument leading cave tours. Some winters I headed south into the desert and returned to the cave for seven summer seasons. Plus I stayed most of one winter as a volunteer.
Having had enough of the wet and dreary Pacific Northwest I jumped at a chance to work at Mesa Verde National Park.
In 2008 I was hired at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I’ve hiked the canyon rim-to-rim several times, the first time I wasn’t sure I’d make it. In 2011 I was selected for the all employee Colorado River trip. I continue to be amazed and learn from the canyon every summer. Follow Geogypsytraveler for more adventures.