Shutdown Thoughts

This website and blog post represent my opinions and do not represent the opinions of the National Park Service. I’m unemployed. Nothing new about that though, I’ve been unemployed since September 2017. As competition increases, and funding decreases, many people work seasonally (6 months) for the National Park Service. Getting an available position for the…

It Wasn’t What I Expected

It was my second time ever flying in a helicopter and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. What I wasn’t expecting was what was going to be there when I stepped out that door. I knew what we were doing, the Changing Tides team just anesthetized a collared bear for sampling…

In My Heart

So Kalamazoo, know that this little Sturgis person out in Colorado, is thinking of you. I hope you are able to find peace. I pray that you will come together as a community and work through this tragedy. I pray that together we can teach each other the importance of life, family, and community.

#FindYourPark and Treat It Well

The National Park Service campaign to encourage people to find their park is working; if not working maybe too well. Visitation to many of the parks has steadily increased over the last few years. As someone who loves the idea of the National Park Service (NPS) and what it shares I think its a good thing. It’s hard to support or take care of something that doesn’t have meaning to you.

Defensive Walls Go Up

So far my adventures in Yellowstone as a Ranger have my defenses up. If you’re ready to fight, I’m good to go. I don’t like feeling this way, and I worry that it is going to give me negative encounters with people. I tend to have a “smart-mouth”; for those individuals who don’t listen to…