I've had the rare opportunity to enjoy not one, but two "dream careers" during my lifetime. For 30 years I worked as a National Park Service ranger at 8 parks all across the U.S., including Grand Canyon and Glacier National Parks, Lake Mead, Buffalo National River, Lincoln Boyhood, Big Thicket and Colonial National Historical Park. Following my retirement from "rangering" I finally had time to try my hand at a second goal - writing. My first book, "Hey Ranger! True Tales of Humor and Misadventure from America's National Parks," was published in 2005, and I'm gratified that it continues to attract new readers more than a dozen years later. Thanks to great support from readers, the sequel, "Hey Ranger 2 - More True Tales of Humor and Misadventure from the Great Outdoors," was released in May 2007. In addition to the two "Hey Ranger" books, some of my shorter items have been published in several national periodicals, and I enjoyed being a regular contributor to the e-zine National Parks Traveler. I'm honored to be a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. My writing has provided the opportunity to share some fun stories on National Public Radio, ESPN radio and several regional and local TV and radio shows, and to speak to a variety of groups about my experiences as a ranger. I now live in western North Carolina with my wife, who is also my best friend and resident editor. "Retirement" has been great, but it sure hasn't been dull! I hope you have a great day. "Life - It's an adventure. Find something to smile about today!"Read more Read less
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