Park Ranger: True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks

Park Ranger True Stories from a Ranger s Career in America s National Parks 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

  • Title: Park Ranger: True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks
  • Author: Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham
  • ISBN: 9780967459547
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

    One thought on “Park Ranger: True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks”

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 w [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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) an [...]

    6. 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, eve [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *