Category Archives: Parks, National & Otherwise

Domestic Terrorism Comes To Cuyahoga Valley!

Holy crap- I know this bridge so well: 5 arrested in plot to blow up Cleveland bridge U.S. authorities have arrested five self-described anarchists in Cleveland for allegedly plotting to blow up a bridge, the U.S. Justice Department said today….The … Continue reading

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For A Fallen Sister

The Retread Ranger Station will resume normal business hours tomorrow. In the meantime, please remember: though I never met her, Margaret Anderson was my sister; and though I never met him either, Benjamin Barnes was our son. I’m working hard … Continue reading

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Rangers On A Plane

My mother just filled me in on the latest doings of Alec Baldwin, hometown hero. I’m not all that interested in celebrity news— I prefer her True Crime stories– but there’s no getting around it, Massapequa produced quite a crew. … Continue reading

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To The Sea Caves, At All Costs

I think if you polled rangers asking, “What do you most want to visitors to understand?” nine out of ten would answer, “Believe the warnings.” This sad and infuriating story from Yosemite is a perfect illustration: Ranger finds body in … Continue reading

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More Memories

A bit of history from the park where I learned that most people look better with their clothes on: Cape Cod Times, August 7, 2011 Nudity a Defining Seashore Issue …After decades of decorous skinny-dipping at remote Seashore beaches, in … Continue reading

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Letter From California, 1977

The photo above was taken the day before I began my NPS career, on the balcony of a motel just outside the Sequoia National Park entrance station. I recently came across a copy of the letter I was typing, and … Continue reading

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Rest In Peace, Geoff And Molly

Murdered on the Appalachian Trail, twenty years ago today.

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A Day’s Work In Yosemite

From today’s NPS Morning Report: Yosemite National Park (CA) Seriously Injured Climber Rescued From El Capitan Park dispatch received a report of an injured climber on a climbing route known as The Nose on El Capitan on the evening of … Continue reading

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Good News From Out West

Remember that trio of very bad people who were suspected to be hiding out in Yellowstone earlier this month? (How bad? Like, murderers.) US Marshals: 2 men who escaped from Arizona prison, accomplice may be in Yellowstone area Well, one … Continue reading

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There’s No “I” In Teamwork

But there’s nothing but “me me me” in Favre. This is where Brett’s idea of team spirit is taking the Vikings: training camp well underway, still dangling, they are scrounging around for 40-year-old has-beens to stand by, just in case: … Continue reading

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Gichigami’s In A Mood

Near-shore marine forecast for tomorrow: MONDAY…W WIND 20 TO 25 KT…WITH A FEW GALE FORCE GUSTS OVER 35 KT. WAVES 6 TO 8 FT. And Ranger Sue had a Manitou Island trip scheduled for tomorrow morning. I don’t think so.

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Never A Dull Moment At Yellowstone

Answer 11,342 to the question, “How come you rangers carry guns? US Marshals: 2 men who escaped from Arizona prison, accomplice may be in Yellowstone area AP, August 9, 2010 The search for two men who escaped from a private … Continue reading

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