That time of year again after six months of play, gotta’ go back to work at Grand Canyon. If you call what I do work. Being a Park Ranger is sort of like pay-for-play. Trust me, it is work. Couple hours in the Visitor Center helping people make a plan for their visit be it two hours, days, or weeks. Lots of repetition: “Where’s the bathroom, water, gift shop, food, lodging, campground, trails, and, oh the canyon? Many times in that order. Interpretive Park Rangers research, study, learn, develop, and present “programs” for visitors about, anything and everything relating to the location. I think of us a WikiRangers, we wear the Hat. We might be called upon to find lost people, identify a bird, flower, rock, fossil….
I won’t lie to you, I love my job as a seasonal Park Ranger at Grand Canyon, but, I know how absolutely crazy busy it’s going to be this year. Last summer Grand Canyon, along with many other parks, experienced a huge increase in visitation. We topped the 5 million mark. I want people to love their parks, but believe there is a carrying capacity. I wonder when/if we’ll have to make reservations just to visit some of the most popular parks.
Plus 40 hours a week working takes a lot of time out of life. And I won’t be parked in the same place this year with my beautiful view of the canyon, and a cell signal. Instead I’ll be back in the forest, which is also beautiful. But I’m sure going to miss being online whenever I want to at home. So don’t be surprised about my absence on social media. I will continue to try to post to the blog. But it’s going to be a challenge. Guess I’ll work at home on the PC, then save everything to the laptop, and try to find a signal somewhere to send it all out into the cyber world. As it is I usually spend Way too much time on social media. FB is such a life sucker. In fact I get totally sucked into whatever I’m doing right now.
Bill and I will only be 1 1/2 hours apart so of course there will be more journeys as we continue to explore the area on my weekends, which are usually not on the real weekend.
I roll out of Kanab, Utah Friday. A friend is towing the 5th-wheel up to the North Rim so I don’t have to take the camper off the truck. That’s a relief. And I go back to work on Monday.
The North Rim Grand Canyon National Park opens to the public May 15, 2016. If you’re coming for a visit let me know, I’d love to show you around.