Hi. Glad you stumbled upon my blog. I’m a national park ranger in Utah, but behind those outward trappings I’m a normal middle-aged midwestern woman who has chased down her dream and won’t let it go. I’m a passionate lover of this part of the West; in my blog I share moments of supreme beauty and exhilaration as well as frustrations and fears. I talk about everything from bad grammar on signs to flash floods to crazy tourist exploits. Basically, I take you along and let you see Canyonlands and Arches National Parks through a ranger’s eyes. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to wear the flat hat, read a few posts. I’m pleased to have you along!
Curious to read my “About Me” paragraphs from my first years? Here they are.
2009: Name’s Kathryn. Got me a dream job. Got me a blog to blog it. Now I must learn the skills for both.
I have taught high school science (and assorted other subjects) in small-town Minnesota. At least that was my last job. I’ve also been a nurse, a midwife, a massage therapist, a lactation consultant, and a home school teacher.
I’m embarking upon an adventure that has my friends, family, and acquaintances experiencing Job Envy: I get to join the ranks of the interpretive rangers at Arches National Park, Utah, for the summer. Wanted to be a park ranger since I was 11. In college a friend gave me a copy of Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. Life-shaping. Always knew that Arches N.P. and I would become well acquainted. Minnesota woman turns desert rat, the headline might read…
You’re welcome to come with me! Great to have friends along for the ride!
2010 addendum: My bosses appear to have approved of me last summer and wanted me back. This year will be very exciting: spring in Arches N.P. as a Volunteer In the Parks (VIP), summer in Canyonlands N.P. as a bona fide park ranger. I’d be honored to have you follow along.
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2011: I’ve secured a raptor monitor position at my beloved Arches National Park during the breeding season. Fall and winter have me working as park ranger in Canyonlands NP, a place of great solitude and tranquility.
2012=13: Holding down the fort at Canyonlands NP!