Living & Working in Great Places
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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 Rangers on my last day and took pictures with the kids with my funny hat on! Oh, how I LOVE being a Park Ranger! But now the badges have been turned in, the uniforms are in storage, and all awaits me doing it again sometime in the future.
I have decided Colorado in the fall has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth :-) Take a look at these colors from my recent 4 wheel drive, Jeeping adventure ...
Oh, how I am going to miss this place! But my summer went beyond Colorado. I was fortunate to be able to fly to the Grand Tetons to meet Kari, Megan, Terry, and other really cool friends in a glorious National Park called the Grand Tetons. And Grand they were....exceeding all my expectations.
My last few days on Mesa Verde were spent hiking ALL the remaining trails in the park. I have done every one of them, and some more than once. My last hike was up to Point Lookout, a spectacular way to wrap up hiking with jaw dropping views of the Montezuma and Mancos valleys ...
Before I sign off, I want to give a special Thanks to none other than Flat Stanley :-) Thanks Flat for motivating me to become a Park Ranger ..... I have loved every second of it, just as you obviously do :-) Here's my wish that you don't end up in a 200 deg hot spring .... take care my friend until next Summer! Now I'm signing off ....Ranger Rich