Living & Working in Great Places
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In honor of Coolworks 24/7 on July 11, I carefully documented everything I did (and anything unusual) on Wednesday, July 11 :-) So for all you CW fans wondering what a Park Ranger does each day ..... here ya go! First off I got outa bed and made coffee (of course!)...
Then it was time for breakfast. I normally have the days schedule in front of me just so I…Continue
Each year the Mesa Verde Institute offers special hikes to areas inside Mesa Verde National Park that are not generally available to the public. Last year I was able to visit a cliff dwelling called Square Tower House and it was a real highlight of my 2011 summer. This year I got another treat by going to a place called "Mug House". The interesting name was coined when one of the early explorers found three puebloan mugs, connected by twine, inside the cliff dwelling. He named the…Continue
Added by aggie71 on June 8, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments
Here's my next installment regarding the ongoing adventures of Ranger Rich :-) Went on a road trip to Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Tsai in Navaho....or shey in English). Some spanish guy spelled it c-h-e-l-l-y ..... go figure. On my way there I passed real close to one of our most famous landmarks ... Shiprock.
Shiprock is actually the core of a small…Continue
Added by aggie71 on May 27, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments
It has been an exciting couple of weeks here at Mesa Verde National Park. My job at the visitors center is going well ..... I really enjoy helping folks get the most out of their time at the park. Also my weekends have been busy. A couple of weeks ago I took one of my new friends (Tom) on a day trip to Hovenweep National Monument. Hovenweep is a collection of Pueblo villages around 1,000 years old.
Tom and I did the 2 mile loop hike adjacent to the Visitors…Continue
Well here we are again. That time of year when everyone is considering where they will go for their summer 2012 adventures. I wanted to throw SW Colorado into the hat ... so to speak. Some folks have the impression that this area is mainly a dry desert with tons of rattlesnakes. Truth is it can be dry, and there are snakes around IF you go looking for them. But there is also the lush, green San Juan National Forest, and dozens of National Parks and Monuments in the "four corner"…Continue
Here I am in Pagosa Springs CO writing the blog I dreaded. I left Mesa Verde for the last time this year a couple of days ago. I just didn't want it to end ... I would have gone another 6 months easily but I have family, friends, and obligations waiting for me in Texas. This summer was everything I was hoping and much more. It started that first week when the little girl walked up to the visitor center counter and asked me for my autograph. It ended when I swore in four new Junior…Continue
Hi All! It's getting real close to my end of season wrap up :-) Today I went on the BEST cliff dwelling tour of the season! I went to a place called "Square Tower House" on what is referred to as a back country hike. Our group was limited to only 10 people, and we had a fantastic Ranger Tour guide named Tom Wolfe. The tour began at 8am and lasted until a little after 10am. Square Tower House is very rarely visited, so it was really special going to a fairly pristine site.…Continue
Added by aggie71 on August 28, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments
I'm headed into week 3 at Mesa Verde and I am still loving this job! Sure, I've explained how to get to Cliff Palace about 1,000 times and will surely do this 100,000 times more ... but I honestly try to let the visitor think this was the first time I explained it :-) I have met a really nice guy and co-worker Franz who seems to have a "mini-me" persona about him. He's something like 5-6 years younger than me but we have very similar histories and likes/dislikes. He's my perfect hiking…Continue
I just finished my first day in uniform and boy ... it felt GREAT! I loved the interaction with the public, and did OK learning all the admin stuff surrounding my job. I still have a lot to learn, of course, and a lot to remember :-) but over time I hope I keep improving. I was fortunate to have some great coaches and teachers today .... fellow Rangers that have been here before ... some of them nearly 20 years! I also had the benefit of working with one of our "Interpretive Rangers"…Continue
This blog is dedicated to all My Coolworker friends who have been following my trials and tribulations attempting to secure an Alaskan job offer for Summer 2011 ... you know who you are :-)
At 61, male, not knockout handsome, overweight and apparently over educated ... I have found it difficult to obtain a job offer in Alaska this summer. I have been at it since November 2010 (which is too early BTW), and have submitted a lot of employment applications. Just no one has…Continue
Richard had been in business for 35 years. Finally sick of the stress, he quits his job and buys 50 acres of land in Alaska as far from humanity as possible. He sees the postman once a week and gets groceries once a month. Otherwise it's total peace and quiet..
After six months or so of almost total isolation, someone knocks on his door. He opens it and a huge, bearded man…