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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

My World Tuesday - The Gypsy life of a seasonal Park Ranger

Desert near Vulture Mine – Wickenburg Arizona
After a delightful winter of play in the southwest’s deserts I returned yet again to Oregon Caves National Monument to lead cave tours for the summer of 2007.

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43 comments:

Tranquility said...

Oh my goodness... I REALLY need to get out there and see those caves - especially now that you've shown that visitors get to crawl through tight spaces - I want THAT tour!

Louise said...

I'm not sure I could be that cramped in a cave! But I love seeing it with you!

SandyCarlson said...

You see so much that is wonderful and beautiful. Thanks!

ewok1993 said...

there is so much to see in your post; all interesting. i fell in love with the tiger lily, how unique is that.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

great post...and a place i like and have been to a few times growing up on the west coast.

glad that your postcard arrived.

take care

erin

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a great post! I do love Oregon!!! Your shot of the Rogue River brought back lovely memories of a boat trip I took down the Rogue, it was fabulous! Thanks for tagging my post! We can both share some of Oregon's beauty. Your photos are marvelous!

Janie said...

I'd be a little too claustrophobic to enjoy that cave tour! But the scenery and plants nearby are beautiful. Someday I'm going to get out to Oregon!

koala said...

I'm totally impressed by Your alternative lifestyle!

imac said...

What a wonderful post and great time you have.

Natural Moments said...

Gaelyn, that's a wonderful picture of all of you blanketed by the earth. It certainly must make everyone feel quite alive to return to the earth. But I bet you must have had some people freak out on you?

You certainly did live at a great centralized area to be able to see so many natural wonders. I always looked at that area as a huge convergent zone of so many differing habitats resulting in some very unique and specialized species.

Carole said...

I love our National Parks! But I don't think you'd get me in that cave.

Babooshka said...

Rather you than me in the cave. You do live in an amazing country, in fact each state is like another country to the next. Never ending virtual adventures.

Diane C. said...

I'm kind of afraid of being inside caves and that one looks like a tight squeeze. I am fascinated by the tiger lily, orchid, dew on web, snail, redwoods, and especially the elderberry with water dripping off. Oregon has beautiful scenery, thanks for sharing!

susieofarabia said...

I love the photo of you in the manhole! How cool to hear a saxophone out in nature like that!
I'm hoping to be in Arizona this summer, but don't have definite plans yet - I'll let you know!

david mcmahon said...

Rogue River looks spectacular.

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a beautiful spot and things to see. I'd love to see some caves but if I have to squeeze through things like that I'd wait. I literally used to have nightmares of winding up in spots like that.

Jeannelle said...

Wonderful photos. What an interesting life you lead. I could never crawl through a cave like that. Happy Travels!

Guy D said...

Those are great pics, especially the one of Redwood National Park, thanks for sharing these.

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Great photos with a lot of neat variations. The snail was cool.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great set of photos.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. I love how you showed us some specific plants as well as the larger landscapes and the tight spots in the cave.

Swarna said...

What an amazing lot of experiences packed in one post! I liked the first shot - your shoulders taking all that weight :)
and all the nature shots. The sax player - bless him!

bettyl said...

awesome pictures! you are braver than I would ever voluntarily be crawling into those holes!!!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Gaelyn some wonderful sights here, you really do get around! Not sure I could do that cave tour, a little too claustrophobic for me!

dAwN said...

Thanks Gaelyn..
I will put the Oregon Caves on my list of places to go.
very cool..

one buddhess said...

Yay, I'm not sure either if I can be in that man hole. I love that photo with the big trees and a man looking so up up with it. Thanks for sharing your world, you are one brave woman.

Karen said...

How I would love to go cave crawling! That looks like fun.

Mariz said...

What an adventurous life you live! Have done some caving in the past and would love to experience that again, looks like you had so much fun. Thanks for dropping by my world earlier and for sharing these cool photos and tour.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a wonderfully diverse blog you have today Gaelyn. Those caves seem like fun to explore. They must have a long and rich history. If I ever got to Wizard Island or the area in your photograph, I would build me a small wooden house and never leave there. A fantastic place!!

Today's Blah... said...

Wow, you are having so much fun in your lifetime. I wish I had the courage to go crawling in those caves but I'm one who is almost claustrophobic. But by the way you showed it here, looks like I want to try just a little.

I love it more to be with the open nature and maybe more in tune with it, I'd say.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hiking the forest trails sounds wonderful but I'm not so sure about crawling through caves. ;-)

I'm particularly fond of your wildflower photos as yours are quite different from those that grow here. If spring ever comes, I'll be taking photos and posting them on my blog. ;-)

dowhatyoulove said...

Wow, so many wonderful things. I really enjoyed the hike that Bernie and I did along the Rogue River. It really is a beautiful area! Your cave photos are amazing, I am not sure I would do too well in those little spaces, it would be a good thing for me to do I am sure. I am always amazed at the energy of the redwoods, such old souls.

J said...

Phew, those caves made me feel claustrophobic just looking at them! I loved the redwood forest, it must be an amazing experience to walk among those trees.

Maria said...

Wow, I was just taking a quick look at your photos and I must say, they are awesome! I'll return to read more!
Besides: That bird WAS ACTUELLY giving me a dirty look, it was watching me come closer with the camera, and then it lifted its tail feathers just a little bit, looking me in the eye... :) Well, spring is in the air :)))

antigoni said...

Amazing nature photos. These caves are not for people who has claustrophobia.

Indrani said...

The land snail shot is terrific... you must have had ample time shooting it. :)

Titania said...

This is wonderful, I love the desert flora. You are so brave crawling into those caves. I mean it is very intersting but I don't like to be in confined spaces, like caves or holes. The natural places are so beautiful and I do understand that you love your work as a ranger-ess!

Carolyn said...

Gaelyn, I have stopped by your blog several times just to journey. You are my mature role model! Beautiful country and great photos but you would NOT get me in one of those caves. Thank you so much for sharing.
Smiles

Tarolino said...

There was so much of interest in this post I don't know where to begin.
I admire you for being stuck in a small hole and still SMILING. Or lying flat on your back with many other crammed in a cavity like that. Great shots.
What really grasped me was the strange beauty of that desrt and the redwood forest. Impressive. All the rest were just as interesting as I am so in to nature.

Barb said...

Oh my goodness - the pictures of the cave made me claustrophobic. You're braver than me! Loved the flower photos and the one of the snail, too.

W. Latane Barton said...

Those tight places are scary. You won't catch me in one of them.

mononeil said...

Park Ranger, now that a cool job. Mind you would not get down one of those holes for love nor money. The Redwood photo is amazing as id the Crater Lake one.

lupingirl said...

I've always wanted to visit Oregon, and now I want to go even more! Your photos are beautiful!

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