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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 23, 2009

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

During the winter of 20007/08 while living in Yarnell, Arizona I applied to several western National Parks even though I could return to Oregon Caves National Monument.

Pin Cushion Cactus bloomsAs spring approached I was offered a Park Ranger position at...


31 comments:

kjpweb said...

How cool is that! My kind of life!
Cheers, Klaus

koala said...

This reminded me I kinda turned down a park ranger job too.

Carver said...

What a beautiful place. I loved seeing the cactus in bloom.

Louise said...

I LOVE the North Rim. We went there in 2003 and have had it on the list to take a whole vacation there someday. The South Rim is nice, but there is just something so much more wonderful to me about the North Rim. And we've never been down. I can hardly wait until next week!

(Definitely a dream come true!)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful. I actually prefer the North Rim (which I've been to once) to the South (which I've been to twice). ;-)

Diane C. said...

I'm sure am enjoying this tour of the North Rim. Even though I live in Arizona I've never been to the Grand Canyon. Looking forward to next week's tour!

ewok1993 said...

Is that lodge on the north rim? I know I've been to the south rim twice and I've seen the lodge twice.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love the Grand Canyon and the North Rim! Your photos brought back such lovely memories! Such a gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing these, a part of all of our world!!

Denise said...

Fantastic photos, your part of the world is full of wonder.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are wonderfully enticing!

kayleen said...

What a wonderful place to live and work. Great photos.

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Natural Moments said...

I saw some show (Bay Area Backroads?) and they interviewed a guy who has been operating the water pump house with his family near the north rim. He seemed really friendly always entertaining travelers from around the world. Like you, you both tell wonderful stories of life and how one can truly live.

Arija said...

Ah, this is great, a personal tour of the Grand Canyon by our very own MY WORLD park ranger!

Barb said...

I've been wildreness camping and hiking in the Grand Canyon, always entering from the North Rim. A friend and I visited last spring and saw the condors flying at sunset. Thanks for bringing back these memories of a beautiful landscape!

susieofarabia said...

As a travel agent in Arizona, I sent hundreds of people to the Grand Canyon, but I myself never made it to the North Rim. One of these days... Doesn't being surrounded by all that beauty every day just make you happy all the time?

Babooshka said...

A place I've always wanted to experience first hand it is so spectacular. Fantastic post, images and words.

Karen said...

I worked there last year, and that is where I met my friend, Gaelyn. We'll be back up there soon, living the dream.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Now you have stirred up old memories for me and my heart is aching. These bring back lots of wonderful memories for me of fantastic times gone by when my husband, son and I visited there.

A beautiful post Gaelyn with fantastic pictures. I just wish myself back in time to my visit there. The Grand Canyon will always have a special place in my heart.

Janie said...

Beautiful pictures. I've been on the Bright Angel trail, and hiked the canyon from the north and south rims. It's one of the world's most wonderful wonders.

J said...

Breathtaking photos! I'm looking forward to next week's post already.

dowhatyoulove said...

The Grand Canyon is a magical place. I have been to both the north and south rims. Unfortunatly the visit to the north rim was a bit of a bust. We got to the park LATE at night, and no vacancy, so we ended up spending the night in the car on the side of the road, and then the next morning when we made it into the park, there was a wildfire, so we couldnt even see into the canyon because of all the smoke.

I will have to go back one of these days so I can experience that perspective!

That looks like a fun area to have a job.

Ruth said...

I have heard that the Grand Canyon is very busy and commercialized, at least in parts. This area looks idyllic, and cold! Beautiful pictures.

Indrani said...

A dream of mine is to visit this place before I start forgetting things. :)

W. Latane Barton said...

What a job to have!!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

so that is how you came to arizona. obviously it agrees with you or you wouldn't stay on?

as always a most insightful post and so enjoyed the pictures.

have a great evening my friend.

hugs to you;

Glennis said...

How wonderful to have your dream life come true, and it does look idyllic, would suit me too. Very pretty cactus flowers in first photo.

Powell River Books said...

I've been to the south but not the north rim. I went there on my honeymoon and stayed in the El Tovar Hotel. The helicopter ride over the canyon was exciting. But my most fond memories were camping there over the years. - Margy

Sujatha said...

When we visited Grand Canyon, our son was eight months old. We really wanted to get to the bottom of the canyon, so we set off down the path - with our son in his stroller. We rounded the first bend, looked all the way down and saw what we were in for! Needless to say, we backtracked in a hurry!

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George said...

What a wonderful place to work. I think I would be willing to pay to be able to work there. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

Living in Williamsburg, Virginia said...

Wow, does everyone envy your life? How tempting just to jettison a landlocked house and hit the road! The park looks beautiful. If is half as nice as the federal parks here in Jamestown and Yorktown, it must be awesome. We hope to visit the west some day. Your pictures are beautiful.

Darryl & Ruth

Sally in WA said...

I'm really enjoy this thread. The first thing I thought of was how you reminded me in some ways of Anna Pigeon. :-)

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