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What Park Rangers really have to deal with in any given day and how training, stamina and attitude make all the difference. Theis book could almost be a reference manual, training tool and recruitment handbook for any one interested in wearing a Smoky Bear hat. The author has lived and worked in parks ranging from USS Arizona in Hawaii to the Florida Everglades with most oWhat Park Rangers really have to deal with in any given day and how training, stamina and attitude make all the difference. Theis book could almost be a reference manual, training tool and recruitment handbook for any one interested in wearing a Smoky Bear hat. The author has lived and worked in parks ranging from USS Arizona in Hawaii to the Florida Everglades with most of her career at Grand Canyon....

Title : Park Ranger: True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks
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ISBN : 9780967459547
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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Park Ranger: True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks Reviews

  • Dante
    2019-01-03 17:13

    Wow. Intense. You think stories from a park ranger would involve cute anecdotes about children's curiosity or silly animal behavior. Not this one. It is a no-nonsense collection from this lady ranger who no doubt could pull my head off with one hand. Bloody and freaky, rife with drunks and psychotic behavior. Solid and informative.

  • Katy
    2019-01-01 01:21

    Very interesting read. Each chapter is really a story in itself, all from the author's experiences working in the U.S. National Park Service as a park ranger, emergency medical technician, firefighter, etc.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-22 20:59

    More short stories! Easy to read, commical and serious at times.

  • Lindsey Alexa
    2018-12-25 19:00

    Great read for new rangers... interesting stories and good advice about how to handle different situations.

  • Scott Foshee
    2019-01-06 20:05

    After hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim I bought Park Ranger at the North Rim Lodge along with Andrea Lankford's Ranger Confidential. I liked Park Ranger more than Ranger Confidential because it concentrates on the stories of the daily life of a park ranger more than being a cynical indictment of the service and the visitors to the parks. Ranger Nancy Muleady-Mecham tells it like it is without forgetting that the National Parks are meant to be visited and experienced responsibly by the people who pay for them.Many will be surprised about exactly what a National Park ranger actually does. Yes they wear the iconic hats and give nature talks to curious visitors, but they also serve as paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, rescue personnel, and whatever else may be needed at a moment's notice in their often remote back country outposts. The author describes the exhilaration of doing short-haul rescues dangling from a helicopter headed over the lip of the Grand Canyon. She makes arrests, gets shot at, transports prisoners to jail, and gets her car totaled by an elk all in the same night. She investigates mysterious deaths, treats broken limbs, makes Colorado River rescues, and much more.My only problem with the book is that it has several grammatical errors and could have been written better. Overall, however, Park Ranger is an informative, exciting read. It should be required reading for EMTs, paramedics, and anyone thinking about working in America's National Parks.

  • Kristin
    2018-12-28 21:01

    The stories are fantastic, but the writing isn't. Some of the stories are little more than incident reports with unnecessary definitions added in. Does anyone really need EMT defined? And other terms are defined repeatedly. There is a glossary. Instead of having the cumbersome definitions in the text, (many for common abbreviations that the average reader already knows), the author could have used an asterisk to point those who need it to the glossary. The stories really are amazing! But I gave the book 3 stars, because it really could use some editing. The stories seem disconnected from one another. No sense to the order. Jumps around from park to park and back again. The writing is often stiff. Muleady-Mecham has some incredible stories to tell, but she isn't a writer.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-13 20:03

    I had no idea that a park ranger could be a medic, a helicopter pilot, a swiftwater rescue person, a law enforcement officer and a firefighter all in one. Nancy Muleady-Mecham is just that. She has been assigned to various national parks in the US and these are the stories of her adventures. Some of the things that have happened to her are beyond belief. The only slightly annoying quality in her writing is constantly throwing in acronyms. She explains what JVDs are (jugular venous distension) and explains it quite well so I don't see the purpose in adding (JVD) after the explanation! Other than the acronyms--and I got used to that--I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to see behind the scenes in our national parks.

  • Alexis
    2018-12-24 18:06

    I was expecting a book about living and working in the woods, but apparently I’ve romanticized the life of a park ranger. These stories are mostly about arrests and medical procedures, with a healthy dose of emergency rescues and firefighting. I may need to rethink my dream of working for the park service when I retire. Clearly the author is a formidable woman, but her writing leaves more than a little to be desired. For the most part, the book reads like a case report - technical and dry, even when describing emotions. The stories are interesting enough, but are in need of some very serious editing.

  • Todd Kruse
    2018-12-26 16:53

    As an outdoors enthusiast who loved the time I spent living in Arizona hiking the mountains I really enjoyed her stories. The most educational part of the book was the new appreciation I have for park rangers given the wide range of professions/roles they are trained for - paramedic, naturalist, law enforcement officer, search and rescue, etc. At some level I regretted not pursuing such a career.

  • Chris Seals
    2019-01-03 23:58

    I was looking for more Grand Canyon stories when I bought this one, and I found the author's experiences of being a Ranger in the other National Parks fascinating too. Nancy's writing style is not as engaging as some authors, but the stories themselves are fantastic. I am in awe of the work that Park Rangers do, they are truly unknown heroes. I would love to sit at a campfire and hear their tales. I loaned this book to my hiking girlfriends and they all loved it too.

  • Lance
    2019-01-17 18:56

    I loved this book. The stories were intense. I bought this book while at the Grand Canyon. Many of the stories took place there and it was fun to recognize and to have been to some of the places she talked about.

  • Erin
    2019-01-14 23:54

    3.5 I love the crazy stories about what Park Rangers encounter and have to deal with. This book most of the stories take place in the Grand Canyon and so it felt similar to a previous Ranger book I had read. Still interesting, but at times the story gets bogged down in medical details.

  • Karen
    2019-01-17 22:02

    Quick read. This author details the medical procedures. Her writing teaches the reader and I learned a bit more about emergency situations, how best to survive unexpected events, and maybe even help others in a tight spot.

  • Erin
    2019-01-14 19:07

    Good, quick read about a National Park Service ranger's experiences. Deals mostly with medical rescues.

  • Bekah
    2019-01-04 17:04

    awesome book, and a great read since each chapter is it's own complete story. loved it!

  • Christopher
    2019-01-10 21:08

    This book was entertaining, in a way, but not the best in the "ranger genre." There was a bit too much technical detail for my tastes.

  • Joe
    2018-12-25 18:06

    Planning to read on my Yellowstone trip.